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Olympic athletes from certain nations to be tested every day for one week before arrival

  • June 27, 2021
  • , Yomiuri, Nikkei
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Sunday’s Yomiuri reported that in order to strengthen preventive measures against COVID-19 during the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, the government has decided to ask athletes from India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan, Maldives, and Afghanistan, where the Delta strain of COVID-19 is spreading, to undergo virus testing every day for seven days prior to arriving in Japan. The athletes will also be asked to refrain from meeting with people other than members of their teams for seven days before arrival and three days after arrival. In addition, athletes from Vietnam, Malaysia, the UK, Egypt, and Bangladesh will be asked to undergo testing every day for three days before arrival. The GOJ is reportedly planning to implement the new measure on July 1. The paper wrote that all foreign athletes are currently being asked to undergo testing at the time of entry, twice within 96 hours prior to entry, and every day after entry.


In related stories, today’s Nikkei and Sankei wrote that in a bid to head off the infiltration of the virus at the border, the organizing committee has decided that those judged to have been in close contact with foreign athletes who tested positive for COVID-19 upon arrival will be quarantined immediately without waiting for the results of their own PCR tests. Nikkei separately reported that special CIQ lanes will be established at Narita and Haneda Airports to process athletes and other Olympic stakeholders in order to put them in a “bubble” as soon as they land in Japan and make sure they do not mingle or interact with people not involved in the Olympics.

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