16 new Covid-19 infection cases were reported on Monday at the Tokyo Olympics making the total number rise to 148, this includes three athletes ; amid concerns of anti-virus measures.
The three athletes and seven Games-concerned personnel have been put under the mandatory 14-day quarantine. The total number of Games-concerned personnel to have tested positive so far stood at 83 after the addition of 8 new cases.
Dutch tennis player Jean-Julien Rojer is among the new infection cases. This has forced him to withdraw from the Tokyo Olympics.
The contingents that have been hit by COVID-19 after landing in Tokyo include Czech Republic, the USA, Chile, South Africa and the Netherlands among others. Of these, the Czech Republic is inquiring into possible health safety protocol violations by its contingent after four athletes tested positive for the virus, forcing withdrawals from beach volleyball and road cycling events.
On Monday, the organizers urged the media covering the Games to adhere to COVID-19 protocols, saying that they have been “made aware of incidents of alleged non-compliance”.
They warned of “disciplinary consequences” for violating laid down rules on health safety precautions. The Olympics seem ”unusual” with sometimes empty stands and the fear that this is will become a public health disaster.