POLICEMAN GUIDING TRAFFIC IS FIRST TOKYO 2020 TORCH RELAY CORONAVIRUS CASE

POLICEMAN GUIDING TRAFFIC IS FIRST TOKYO 2020 TORCH RELAY CORONAVIRUS CASE
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Tokyo Olympics organisers reported the first infection from the nationwide torch relay  on Thursday (April 22), as the pandemic continues to play havoc with the massive event.

A police officer helping with Japan’s Olympic Torch relay the first participant in the event to be diagnosed with Covid-19, they said.

A man in his 30s tested positive for the virus after working on the relay in Kagawa prefecture on Japan’s southern island of Shikoku, Tokyo 2020 said in a statement.

The officer was guiding traffic in the town of Naoshima on Saturday and came down with a fever on Sunday, the Asahi Newspaper reported, citing organisers and prefectural police. The man wore a mask and had no contact with runners, the report said.

Separately, two runners, a TV personality and a former Olympian, dropped out of a relay event due to be held in the western prefecture of Tottori next month, public broadcaster NHK reported.

Public support for the Games has waned amid concern the event will exacerbate COVID-19 infections, now battering the country in a fourth wave. Japan’s government is expected to declare a state of emergency, the third in the past year, in the major population centres of Tokyo and Osaka this week.

-AFP/Reuters

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