Saturday 4 July, 2020

Tokyo Olympic staffer tests positive for coronavirus

In this Tuesday, April 21, 2020, file photo, a child plays at the Olympic rings in front of the New National Stadium in Tokyo. A staff member of the Tokyo Olympic organising committee has tested positive for COVID-19, according to Tokyo organisers in a statement released on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File).

In this Tuesday, April 21, 2020, file photo, a child plays at the Olympic rings in front of the New National Stadium in Tokyo. A staff member of the Tokyo Olympic organising committee has tested positive for COVID-19, according to Tokyo organisers in a statement released on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File).

A staff member of the Tokyo Olympic organising committee has tested positive for COVID-19.

Tokyo organisers issued a statement Wednesday saying it was a male employee in his 30s who worked at the headquarters building in a part of Tokyo known as Harumi.

Organisers said he was in quarantine at home and gave no further details.

The Tokyo Olympics were postponed last month until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The committee employs about 3,500 people, and organisers say about 90% have been working from home for the last several weeks.

Organisers said the area in which he worked would be disinfected, and people who worked nearby have been told to stay home.

The Olympics are scheduled to open on July 23, 2021, but questions persist if that will be possible in light of the pandemic.

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