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12 new positive COVID-19 cases ahead of Olympics; total at least 83

2020 Tokyo Olympics. Photo: olympics.com

Tokyo, July 22 (MNN) The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games’ organising committee on Thursday reported 12 new COVID-19 cases, including two athletes residing in the Olympics village, taking the total cases ahead of the July 23 inauguration to at least 83.

Chilean Taekwondo player Fernanda Aguirre too was confirmed positive by the organisers and Japan’s Health Ministry on Wednesday.

The Olympics will open on Friday and go on till August 8 without any spectators.

The organisers had reported 70 cases linked to the event by Tuesday — at least five athletes, five journalists, 36 contractors, and 17 staff members.

The Mission Team of the Chilean Olympic Committee (COCH) in the Olympic Games gave the information regarding Fernanda, who travelled to Tokyo from Uzbekistan with a negative COVID report but tested positive in both the antigen and PCR tests conducted at the Tokyo airport, following which she was quarantined at a designated facility.

Before Aguirre, five athletes, three of them residing at the Games village, were found to be infected by the virus but none of them on arrival at the airport.

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