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Subcontractors account for most virus cases tied to Paralympics

  • August 22, 2021
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 5:57 p.m.
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Thirty individuals with Paralympics Games accreditation tested positive for novel coronavirus infection on Aug. 22, Tokyo organizers said, making it the highest daily count to date. 

 

The announcement brought overall total infections associated with the event to 131. More than half of the cases involved subcontractors.

 

Of the 30 people infected, two were athletes and 16 were employees of businesses involved in Paralympics operations subcontracted by the organizers. Other cases concerned eight officials, two members of media outlets, a member of the organizing committee and a volunteer. 

 

Organizers each day announce the results of diagnostic tests performed on athletes and those holding Paralympic accreditation cards, such as officials, subcontractors and Japanese and foreign media representatives.

 

The Tokyo Paralympics organizing committee began releasing results of testing from Aug. 12.

 

The Paralympic Games open Aug. 24 and close Sept. 5.

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