Tokyo Games: Second COVID case linked to Ugandan Olympic team

The Tokyo Olympics will be held from July 23 to August 8.© AFP

A second virus case involving the Ugandan Olympic team has been detected after a coach tested positive upon arrival in Japan, a city official told AFP on Wednesday. Olympic officials declared July 23 as a month until the pandemic-postponed Games open in Tokyo. Japanese national broadcaster NHK said the second positive case was an athlete, but local officials declined to confirm. The Ugandan delegation arrived in Japan on Saturday for a training camp in the city of Izumisano in the Osaka region, but a coach who tested positive on arrival was put in isolation.

Eight delegation members and a coordinator from Izumisano, who accompanied them from Uganda, were allowed to continue at their training base, but were asked to stay at their hotel upon arrival.
On Tuesday, the city said the team and coordinator were believed to be close contacts of the coach and would remain in quarantine until July 3 despite testing negative so far.

But an official in the city of Izumisano said on Wednesday that a person in quarantine had now tested positive, prompting it to specify whether the person was a member of the team or a coordinator.

“In the results of PCR tests conducted using samples taken on June 22, one person was found to be tested positive,” he said.


“The nine people, who have been identified as close contacts (with the coach), have been kept in separate rooms to avoid contact with others,” he said.

The Tokyo Olympics will be held from July 23 to August 8.

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