Covid-19 strikes at Tokyo Games village; two cases reported

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Two workers at the Tokyo Olympics Games Village have tested positive for the Covid-19 virus
Two workers at the Tokyo Olympics Games Village have tested positive for the Covid-19 virus.

The Covid-19 virus has struck at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Village. Two workers have been reported positive for the Covid-19 virus a mere 16 days before the Opening ceremony on July 23.0

According to the ABC News, the pair has tested positive last week and further investigations revealed they had been eating in a group with two other village workers — in violation of the organising committee’s own Covid-19 countermeasures.

The other two workers, however, have tested negative.

Earlier an athlete, a Ugandan coach, and one rowing team member of Serbia team have been reported novel coronavirus positive. While the athletes were found positive on arrival and isolated immediately at a quarantine facility near the airport, the coach was found to have the virus w hen the Ugandan team reached its base city of Izumisano.

The Athletes’ Village is yet to be opened to athletes, and it will take another week for it to be operational.

The village can house more than 11,000 athletes. There is a dedicated fever clinic and athletes will be tested every day.

The two positive cases of staff workers come at a time when there is high uncertainty around letting spectators in for the Games. The torch relay was also scrapped due to concerns around the virus.

Tokyo has recorded 920 cases on Wednesday, the most since May 13.