COVID-19 infections of athletes on the rise in Tokyo

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Security personnel stand guard at the entrance to the Athletes’ Village, where one person has tested positive for COVID-19, ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan on July 17, 2021. REUTERS / Kim Kyung- Hoon

TOKYO, July 18 (Reuters) – Organizers of the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday reported three new cases of COVID-19 infection among athletes, as athlete village population rises ahead of pandemic-affected Games next week.

Organizers reported 10 new cases related to the Olympics, including media, contractors and other staff. That compares to 15 new cases on Saturday, which included staff, the first case of infection in Athletes’ Village.

A member of South Korea’s International Olympic Committee tested positive for coronavirus upon landing in Tokyo. Ryu Seung-min, a former Olympic athlete, is vaccinated, reflecting the risk of infection even among vaccinated participants.

Infection rates are climbing among the general population of the capital, exceeding 1,000 new cases for four consecutive days. Polls show that many Japanese are opposed to holding the Games with the influx of foreign visitors it implies.

(This story has been corrected to clarify that the Saturday Athletes’ Village COVID-19 case was staff, not an athlete.)

Reporting by Sam Nussey; Editing by Sam Holmes

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