Two athletes have become the first to test positive for coronavirus in the athletes’ village at the Tokyo Olympics – five days before the games begin.
Other members of the team were quarantined in their rooms.
The pair are the first athletes to test positive in the village, although another athlete also tested positive on Sunday elsewhere.
In total, organizers on Sunday reported 10 new cases linked to the Olympics including media, contractors and other employees. Compared with 15 new cases on Saturday.
Infection rates are increasing among the general population in Tokyo, with more than 1,000 new cases for four consecutive days. Polls show that many Japanese are against holding the Games with the influx of visitors from abroad.
Tokyo 2020 spokesman Masa Takaya said the three cases “were from the same country and sport.” They are “isolated in their rooms and Tokyo 2020 is providing them with meals,” he said, adding that the rest of the team – who has not been identified – have also been tested.
Speaking on Saturday, Games President Seiko Hashimoto said: “Athletes coming to Japan may be very worried. I understand that.
“We are doing everything we can to prevent any outbreak of Covid. If we end up with an outbreak, we will make sure we have a response plan in place.”
Australia’s entire athletics team at the Tokyo Olympics was quarantined in their rooms on Saturday at their pre-game training camp in Cairns, after the Covid-19 scare.
The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) confirmed on Sunday that an official had returned an inconclusive test, but that subsequent tests had been negative.
Since then, athletes have been allowed to compete in a warm-up event
“What I understand [Athletics Australia] “He applied a great deal of caution,” said David Hughes, the AOC’s chief medical officer.