An athlete has been confirmed to have contracted the Covid-19 virus in the Paralympic Village for the first time.
On the day the games begin, officials said another nine new cases were discovered among people working at the games outside the village, and that the athlete, whose identity has not been released, has been moved to an isolation facility.
Tokyo, which is under a state of emergency, recorded 4,220 new cases and nine deaths from the coronavirus on Tuesday.
Multiple positive cases have been recorded among Paralympic athletes abroad and in training camps in Japan before the Games, but this is the first case that the village has violated what organizers have consistently called “strict protocols” protecting athletes and others within the village.
Masa Takaya, a spokeswoman for 2020, confirmed that the athlete will now enter 14 days of quarantine.
“From July 1 to August 22, nearly 767,000 tests were done and the positivity, and the number of positive cases, was 236 — which means the positivity rate remained 0.03%,” Takaya said. “In terms of the latest number of daily confirmed cases, five cases were found among those residing in Japan, and five more cases were found among those not residing in Japan.”
Paralympic Games GB reported a positive Covid test result among a member of a swimming team at a preparatory camp in Suzuka last week, with two athletes subsequently isolated. It was also confirmed that the coach of the men’s wheelchair basketball team, Haji Bahania, has also tested positive for Covid in the UK and will not travel to the Games.
Despite the ban on spectators from the games, Takaya said plans are still going on to allow schoolchildren to attend some Paralympic events.
“There will be full and comprehensive countermeasures implemented to arrange for school children to be able to watch the games, and of course observations will be made to the children and guardians prior to the visit, and of course while transporting children and when they are watching the games there will be strict guidelines for them to follow.”