Six British athletes and two workers members are self-isolating after coming into shut contact with a person who examined optimistic for Covid-19 on their flight to Japan, the British Olympic Association mentioned Sunday.
All eight examined damaging on the airport and at the moment are beneath the supervision of the British delegation’s medical team, the affiliation mentioned in an announcement
The particular person who examined optimistic was not a member of the delegation.
Team Great Britain’s chief of mission, Mark England, mentioned that the information was disappointing however “respects” the protocols in place. “We will provide them each help throughout this era and we’re hopeful they are going to be ready resume coaching once more quickly,” England mentioned.
The rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Games is ready to start on Friday, however the rising quantity of Covid-19 circumstances tied to the competitors has fueled considerations as to whether or not the Olympics could be safely held in the course of the ongoing pandemic.
Japan grappled with a second wave of infections in the spring, with numbers peaking in April and May with shut to 6,000 newly recorded circumstances per day. Cases started falling in June, however have risen once more in latest weeks.
Organizers introduced this month that the Tokyo venues is not going to have spectators due to town’s coronavirus state of emergency – an unprecedented transfer, in accordance to an International Olympic Committee (IOC) spokesman.
Teams from greater than 200 nations are due to arrive in town in the approaching days. As of Friday, greater than 15,000 Olympic people had entered Japan, in accordance to Thomas Bach, president of the IOC. The Olympic Village, containing 21 residential buildings, will home about 11,000 athletes.
The Olympic Village is prepped with Covid testing and well being facilities, with indicators reminding residents to put on face masks and preserve no less than one meter (about 3.3 ft) away from one another. Athletes will likely be contact-traced and examined for Covid each day; in the event that they take a look at optimistic, they are going to be taken to an isolation facility outdoors the Olympic Village, and won’t be able to compete.
More than 50 confirmed Covid-19 circumstances linked to the Games have been reported. On Sunday, three members from South Africa’s Olympic soccer team grew to become the primary folks to take a look at optimistic for Covid-19 after arriving on the Tokyo Olympic Village, in accordance to the South African Football Association. The complete team is now beneath quarantine “till cleared to practice,” in accordance to the the affiliation mentioned.
Several distinguished athletes have additionally dropped out of the Games. Some, like American tennis star Coco Gauff and NBA All-Star Bradley Beal, are unable to take part in the Games for well being causes. Gauff examined optimistic for the virus whereas Beal was positioned in USA Basketball’s well being and security protocols final week.
Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios pulled out as effectively, in half due to the truth that spectators is not going to be allowed.
CNN’s Jessie Yeung contributed to this report