Jul 7, 2021 - Sports
2 Tokyo Olympic village workers test positive for COVID
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.
- There are only 16 days to go until the opening ceremony.
- The workers' test results come after a Serbian Olympian and an athlete and coach from Uganda's team tested positive for the virus after arriving in Japan.
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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