Coronavirus infections rise in Tokyo Olympic Village

Sports Monday 19/July/2021 07:26 AM
By: DW
Coronavirus infections rise in Tokyo Olympic Village
Tokyo Olympics 2020 will open on June 23 amid lockdown in the Japanese capital

Tokyo: At least two athletes tested positive for the coronavirus in the Tokyo Olympic Village on Sunday with less than a week to go before the opening of the Games.

Organizers confirmed the positive tests, adding that both cases were listed as non-Japanese. They said another athlete had tested positive but this person was not residing in the Olympic village, a complex of apartments and dining areas.

This comes a day after the first non-athlete tested positive in the Olympic village in Tokyo Bay, which will house 11,000 athletes and thousands of other support staff.

Overall, 10 new infections linked to the Olympics were reported, including media, contractors and personnel, down from 15 on Saturday.

The 2020 Games, delayed last year due to the pandemic, are being held despite widespread opposition from health experts and the general public.

It will open on Friday under a state of emergency in Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures. The emergency order lasts until August 22, well after the Olympics close on August 8.

Australia has ordered an immigration investigation into British commentator Katie Hopkins after she was quoted bragging about flouting the country's hotel quarantine rules on the social media platform Instagram.

Hopkins flew into Sydney to feature on reality television program Big Brother VIP, according to Australian media. She then posted a video on Instagram joking about answering the door naked and without a face mask to people delivering meals while she was in hotel quarantine.

The video was later removed, but lawmakers said they were probing whether Hopkins's visa should remain valid.

Australia's coronavirus measures mandates a two-week hotel quarantine for international arrivals. Under the rules, people must also wear a mask before meals are delivered, then wait 30 seconds to collect the food to avoid infection.

A Seven Network spokesman said Hopkins was not part of Big Brother VIP.

Indonesia has reported a record number of deaths of doctors from COVID-19 in the first half of July as the country experiences a surge in infections fueled by the delta variant.

The Indonesian doctors' association, IDI, told a virtual news conference that 114 doctors died from July 1 to July 17. That number, the highest reported for a period of similar length, represents more than a fifth of the total toll of doctor deaths from COVID-19, which stands at 545.

The increase comes despite the fact that 95% of health workers in the country have been vaccinated. The government now wants to use Moderna vaccines as a booster to the Chinese Sinovac vaccine for workers in the medical sector.

Thailand reported a third consecutive day of record case numbers, prompting authorities to expand restrictions, including travel curbs, mall closures and a night-time curfew to three more provinces.

The Southeast Asian country logged 11,397 infections and 101 deaths. The new figures brought the cumulative total to 403,386 cases and 3,341 fatalities.

South Korea will airlift its entire 300-member crew off a navy destroyer on an anti-piracy mission off East Africa, after nearly 70 of them tested positive for COVID-19. A replacement team will steer the vessel back home, the Ministry of Defense said.

The country is battling a spike in infections as the highly contagious delta variant spreads throughout the county, forcing authorities to put the Greater Seoul area under a partial lockdown.

Australia's two largest states reported a decline in infections, but added that it could be days before restrictions showed progress in containing the spread of the Delta variant.

New South Wales (NSW) state reported 105 new cases in the previous day, down from 111 the day before, while Victoria confirmed 16 new cases, down from 19.

NSW capital Sydney and Victoria state are under lockdown after a flare-up if the new variant last month.

Middle East

Tunisia, which is facing its worst coronavirus surge since the pandemic began, has decided to deploy its armed forces to vaccinate people in the regions with the worst infection rates and in areas with particularly low vaccination rates.

Military health workers vaccinated thousands of people in Kesra and other areas in the Siliana region in central Tunisia, mainly those over the age of 60 with underlying health conditions. The campaign in Kesra used China's Sinovac vaccines.

Medical deployment could be extended to other areas in the coming days, the military has said.

Tunisia's president said the military would also send helicopters to mountainous areas to transport vaccines to isolated villages.