First COVID-19 Case Detected in Paralympic Village

A COVID-19 case was detected in the Paralympic Village days before the Games open, organizers said on Thursday, August 19, as Japan combats a surge in infections.

According to the organizers, a foreign Paralympic staff member was diagnosed with the virus but did not elaborate. 

The organizers have recorded 74 cases tied to  Paralympics staff with six detected in local areas hosting teams for training camps. 

The Paralympics will open on August 24 and is expecting around 4,400 athletes from almost 160 teams set to participate. The coordinators said that they have been prepared to prevent any major spread of infection through stringent anti-virus measures.

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