First resident of Olympic Village tests positive for COVID


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TOKYO — The first resident of the Olympic Village has tested positive for COVID-19, Tokyo Olympic organizers said on Saturday.

Officials said it was not an athlete with the the Games opening in just under a week on July 23.

Tokyo officials including Seiko Hashimoto, the president of the organizing committee, confirmed the case and said the positive test was Friday. Organizers say for confidentiality purposes they can only offer a vague description and few details.

The person is identified simply as a "games-concerned personnel." The person is also listed as a non-resident of Japan. Tokyo officials said the person was placed in a 14-day quarantine.

The Olympic Village on Tokyo Bay will house about 11,000 athletes during the Olympics and thousands of other staff.

IOC President Thomas Bach said this week there was "zero" risk of athletes in the village passing on the virus to Japanese or other resident of the village.

Organizers say since July 1 and as of Saturday, 44 people under their "jurisdiction" have tested positive. None involved people living in the village and most are identified as "contractors" for Tokyo 2020 and "games-concerned personnel." The list includes one athlete — who tested positive on July 14 — and three members of the media.

Of the 44, only 12 are listed as "non-resident of Japan."

Organizers say that athletes and staff who have been away from Tokyo at training camps are excluded from this list and their accounting.

Tokyo officials said they could not give an estimate of the number of people in the village as of Saturday.

New COVID-19 cases on Friday in Tokyo were reported at 1,271. They were 822 a week ago, and it marks the 27th straight day that cases were higher than a week previous. New cases on Thursday were reported at 1,308, which was the highest in six months.

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The International Olympic Committee has announced new provisions for the victory ceremony at the Tokyo 2020 Games in order to stay in line with the ever-evolving state of the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan. The IOC press release which can be accessed here stipulates a series of guidelines that will be followed while awarding medals to the podium finishers this summer:

Further, they have explained exactly how each medal ceremony will occur at the Games in order to follow COVID-19 protocols:

The updated framework is in response to the worsening state of the pandemic in Japan and specifically in Tokyo. The Tokyo metropolitan government reported a total of 1,308 cases of COVID-19 on July 15, 2021, which according to Kyodo News is the largest single-day case number the city has reported since January 21, 2021.

On July 14, 2021, the country of Japan reported 3,211 cases of the virus which was up from the 2,396 on July 13 and the 1,511 on July 12. As of July 14, 2021, Japan was at a 2,302 7-day average of COVID-19 cases which is the highest it has been since June 8, 2021, when it hit 2,320.

The updated medal ceremony protocols are the latest of a number of intensified COVID-19 regulations that the IOC has announced including the July 8 decision that the Games would occur without spectators.

IOC President Thomas Bach recently spoke about the decision to hold the Games without spectators expressed his support for the decision. He also explained that while it looked for a while that the Games may be canceled altogether that cancellation was “not really an option.” One likely reason for the fact that it was not an option for the IOC is the financial loss associated with canceling the Games. A May 2021 report from the Nomura Research Institute estimated that Japan would undergo a $16 billion loss if the Games were canceled.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics opening ceremonies are set to take place on Friday, July 23, 2021, and competition, including the swimming portion, will begin the next day on July 24.

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Tokyo archbishop bans Olympians from Catholic churches amid surge in COVID-19 cases

Religion News Service 16 July, 2021 - 09:01pm

Now the city’s Catholic archbishop has banned visitors to churches in the Archdiocese of Tokyo, too.

That includes athletes competing in the games and their support staff, according to a letter released earlier this week by Tokyo Archbishop Tarcisio Isao Kikuchi, as Japan declared a state of emergency for the fourth time amid the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

The state of emergency runs through Aug. 22 in the Tokyo metropolitan area.

“All those who will be coming to the Tokyo Metropolitan area during this period will be provided with information concerning the precautionary measures implemented against COVID-19 infection in the parishes and will be requested to refrain from visiting churches,” Kikuchi wrote.

Parishes in the Tokyo archdiocese have also canceled plans they had made to “address the spiritual needs of the many people who would come to Japan for this international event,” according to the letter. “Thus,” the archbishop wrote, the archdiocese “will not take any special involvement in the Olympics and Paralympics.”

The Tokyo Olympics, originally scheduled for 2020, will run July 23 to Aug. 8, followed by the Paralympics.

About 11,000 athletes from around the world are expected to compete in the Olympic Games. Several prominent Olympians on Team USA have been outspoken about their Catholic faith and upbringing, including gymnast Simone Biles and swimmer Katie Ledecky.

The Tokyo archdiocese will make livestreams of Sunday Masses and other devotional videos available to Catholic athletes in multiple languages, the Union of Catholic Asian News reported.

The Olympic Villages at past games have included multifaith centers, though the International Olympic Committee did not immediately confirm to Religion News Service what religious accommodations will be made for athletes in Tokyo. One Japanese organization, the Yasu Project, announced plans last year to park its Mobile Mosque, a truck modified to provide space for Muslims’ five daily prayers, outside Olympic venues during the games, according to Reuters.

Coronavirus cases in the Tokyo area reached a six-month high on Thursday (July 15), according to USA Today. The rollout of COVID-19 vaccines has been slow in Japan, with just 19.7% of the population fully vaccinated, the newspaper reported.

“At the same time, the gathering of the athletes and their support staff coming from all over the world raises concerns about causing further increase in number of coronavirus cases,” Kikuchi wrote in his letter.

Other precautionary measures taken by the Tokyo archdiocese during the state of emergency include relieving Tokyo Catholics from their obligation to attend Sunday Masses, limiting the number of people inside churches to allow social distancing, refraining from singing and reciting prayers corporately during Masses and recommending those who are elderly or have chronic illnesses pray at home.

Since the pandemic began, the archdiocese has committed that “we will not be infected, nor will we allow others to be infected,” according to the archbishop.

“Let us keep in mind that it is an important duty for us to protect not only our own lives but also to protect all those who have received God’s gift of life. On top of that, as we take adequate measures against COVID-19 infection, let us do our best to respond to the concerns of those in need,” he wrote.

“In this difficult situation, may the merciful hands of our Lord through our outstretched hands be extended to the many people facing crisis in their lives.”

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