The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee has confirmed that an alternate on the women’s artistic gymnastics team tested positive for Covid-19.
CNN is reporting that the unidentified athlete has been transferred to a hotel to quarantine.
The full statement from the committee,
“The health and safety of our athletes, coaches and staff is our top priority. We can confirm that an alternate on the women’s artistic gymnastics team tested positive for COVID-19. In alignment with local rules and protocols, the athlete has been transferred to a hotel to quarantine.
Out of respect for the individual’s privacy, we cannot provide more information at this time.“
Thursday, an unnamed Olympic athlete and five other personnel tested positive for Covid-19, according to CBS News. This brings the number of Games-related cases up to 30. A member of the Nigerian team who is not an athlete tested positive on Thursday and was hospitalized on Friday, the first case to get that serious.
According to the New York Times,
Infections are climbing in Tokyo, recently reaching a six-month high, and throughout the country, “the daily average of cases has risen 63 percent in the past two weeks.”
Yuriko Koike, Tokyo’s governor said officials, however, remain positive. He told CBS News,
“The risk for the other residents of the Olympic village and the risk for the Japanese people is zero.”
The competitions will be held without spectators, and other protocols will be initiated, such as medals being placed onto a tray, not the necks of the winners themselves.
(via Vanity Fair)