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Tokyo Olympics: 18 more Games-related COVID-19 cases reported

2021 Aug 01, 13:11, Tokyo
Fireworks illuminate over the National Stadium during the opening ceremony of the 2020 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 23, 2021, in Tokyo. photo: Ap

The Tokyo Olympics organising committee on Sunday reported 18 more Games-related COVID-19 infections, taking the total tally to 259 since the beginning of July.

As per Kyodo News, among the 18, 11 are contractors, five are Olympics-linked officials and one is a volunteer.

Five of these are from abroad while 13 are residents of Japan. The total figures do not include cases announced by central and local governments. Toshiro Muto, the CEO of the Tokyo Olympics organising committee has said that the Games-related infections are within expectations and there is no link between the Games and surging infections in Tokyo. "We are conducting more than 30,000 tests every day, quickly isolating any positive cases and taking appropriate steps to prevent the virus from spreading," Kyodo News quoted Toshiro Muto as saying. "Having gone into these Olympics promising safe and secure games for all participants, Tokyo residents and the Japanese people, I think we have been able to deal with COVID-19 measures at a level within expectations so far," he added.


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