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First cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Athletes’ Village 

Sunday’s Mainichi and Sankei reported that the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics organizing committee announced on Saturday that a foreign national who is a non-athlete and staying at the Athletes’ Village had tested positive for COVID-19. This was reportedly the first case to be confirmed at the village among people from abroad. According to Monday’s papers, the individual is affiliated with the South African soccer team, and two soccer players from the same country also tested positive on Sunday. Although the rest of the team’s members will probably be designated as having been in “close contact” with the virus carriers, they will be allowed to play if they test negative six hours ahead of a match with Japan that is scheduled for Thursday.     


The dailies separately pointed out that a total of 55 people connected to the Tokyo Games have tested positive for the virus since the Olympics playbooks for athletes and other stakeholders went into effect on July 1, with Sankei and Mainichi declaring that the “Olympic bubble” is already on the verge of bursting even before the events start later this week. 

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