Tokyo Olympics athlete Covid-19 infections rise to three

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A general view of the Ariake Urban Sports Park on July 09, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. Tokyo Olympic organizers stated yesterday that spectators would be barred from most events at the Games after a new state of emergency was announced in response to a surge in coronavirus cases.

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Tokyo Olympics organizers on Sunday reported three new cases of Covid-19 infection among athletes, as the population of the athletes’ village swells ahead of the start of the pandemic-hit Games next week.

Organizers reported 10 new cases connected to the Olympics including media, contractors and other personnel. That compares with 15 new cases on Saturday, which included personnel, the first case of infection at the athletes’ village.

An International Olympic Committee member from South Korea tested positive for the coronavirus on landing in Tokyo. Ryu Seung-min, a former Olympic athlete, is vaccinated, reflecting the infection risk even from vaccinated attendees.

Infection rates are climbing among the general population of the capital, topping 1,000 new cases for four consecutive days. Polls show many Japanese oppose holding the Games with the influx of overseas visitors it entails.

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