Officials wearing personal protection equipment (PPE) prepare to administer the quantitative coronavirus disease (COVID-19) antigen test to the members of the U.S. gymnastics team at Narita International Airport ahead of Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, in Narita, east of Tokyo, Japan July 15, 2021. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Tokyo Olympics: Covid-19 Cases Rise to 71; South African Football Team under Concern


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An American gymnast and a Czech beach volleyball player were added to the tally Tuesday of people accredited for the Tokyo Olympics who have tested positive for COVID-19 this month.

Tokyo Olympics organizers said 71 people have now tested positive. The total includes 31 people among the tens of thousands of international visitors expected in Japan to compete or work at the Games, which open Friday.

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Positive tests for United States gymnastics alternate Kara Eaker and Czech team member Ondřej PeruSič were announced Monday. Eaker was at a training camp in Chiba prefecture and PeruSič stayed at the Olympic Village in Tokyo Bay.

Both went into 14-day quarantine, organizers said. That period includes all three of PeruSič’s scheduled games with playing partner David Schweiner.

A new case among 13 added to the official total Tuesday includes a “games-concerned personnel” – a category including team officials and sports staffers – in Tokyo who is not staying at the village. Other newly reported cases scattered across Japan include Games contractors and a volunteer.

South Africa on Sunday confirmed 3 positive Covid-19 cases in their football squad at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Two players, Thabiso Monyane and Kamohelo Mahlasti, along with their video analyst contracted the virus less than a week ahead of the opening ceremony

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