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Tokyo Olympic cases jump as games begin

The organizers of the Olympics reported 17 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, increasing the total number of infections to 123, including multiple athletes residing in the Olympic Games village. (Photo:
The organizers of the Olympics reported 17 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, increasing the total number of infections to 123, including multiple athletes residing in the Olympic Games village. (Photo: Unsplash)
AMMAN — The organizers of the Olympics reported 17 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, increasing the total number of infections to 123, including multiple athletes residing in the Olympic Games village.اضافة اعلان

So far, 65 Games-related contractors have tested positive for the virus, and 13 of the overall 123 cases have been found in the village. The Czech team has been among the worst hit by the virus, reporting six positive cases.

Their Czech Olympic Committee has launched an inquiry into possible health protocol violations during their flight to Tokyo.

The World Health Organization's president advised sports officials that the Tokyo Olympics should not be evaluated by the number of COVID-19 cases that develop, because eliminating risk is unattainable. During a press conference, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stressed in comments to the International Olympic Committee that how the infections are handled is what counts most.

“May the Olympic torch be a symbol of hope that traverses the planet, and may the rays of hope from this land of the rising sun illuminate a new dawn for a world that is healthier, safer, and fairer,” the WHO said in a statement.

Tokyo recorded 1,128 new cases on Saturday, bringing its total since the pandemic started to more than 840,000 cases. Some 15,055 people in Japan have died from the disease, while more than 4.1 million worldwide have died.

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