COVID at the Games: another 19 people, including 3 athletes, test positive

Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Arrival Ceremony for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay - Shinjuku City, Tokyo, Japan - July 23, 2021 Man walks atop the Olympic Stadium. REUTERS
Tokyo 2020 organisers on Friday reported an additional 19 coronavirus cases among people connected to the Olympic Games, including three athletes.

The organising committee did not name those who were infected. But one of the athletes, who resides in the seaside Olympic Village, was identified as a close contact of a beach volleyball player from the Czech Republic who had also tested positive this week.

At least 110 people connected to the Olympics have tested positive so far in Japan, which has instituted strict controls aimed at preventing the spread of the virus during the Games, including barring spectators from nearly all events.

Cases have been rising across Japan, which reported more than 5,300 new infections on Thursday, the most in two months, according to New York Times data. The surge comes despite a weeklong state of emergency in Tokyo and other areas that restricts the sale of alcohol and requires bars and restaurants to close early.

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