Jul 7, 2021 - Sports

2 Tokyo Olympic village workers test positive for COVID

A jogger runs past a large Tokyo 2020 sign around the National Olympic stadium, Gaiemmae on July 3
The National Olympic Stadium n Tokyo on July 3. Photo: Damon Coulter/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Olympic Games organizers said Tuesday two staff members working at the athletes' village in Tokyo have tested positive for COVID-19, per the Tokyo Shimbun news outlet.

Why it matters: Australia's ABC notes that the workers who tested positive last week were found to have been dining with two other staff members — a violation of the organizing committee's pandemic measures.

The big picture: Japan's government has faced criticism for hosting the Tokyo Games as coronavirus cases rise, but organizers say they're taking precautions to ensure the event will be safe.

  • Among the measures they've taken is the cancellation of all public viewing sites.
  • Games organizers said they had taken steps to prevent a "recurrence" of the dining protocol breach, the Tokyo Shimbun reports.

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