A 30-year-old unnamed policeman has been tested positive for coronavirus who was assigned a task last week for the torch relay. This coronavirus case is the first covid case associated with the torch relay. The news was officially announced by Tokyo Olympics organizers.
The organizers said that the man had taken part in the relay in the western island of Shikoku. According to the officials, the man was in charge of controlling traffic on the April 17 leg in southwestern Kagawa prefecture. The officials also said the man in charge was wearing a mask and taking social-distancing precautions and other measures.
The officials also ensured that the torch relay will continue as scheduled. All the athletes and participants are taking good precautions and the event will go ahead as planned.
Japan Preparing for strict restrictions in Osaka and Tokyo
The reports come as Japan is preparing for another lockdown due to the sudden spike in covid cases in recent times. The metro cities of Osaka, Tokyo have seen a rise in coronavirus cases in the month of April and are on the verge of strict restrictions.
Due to the rise in covid cases, the torch relay was taken off public roads and is conducted in city parks. Similar precautionary measures are expected for upcoming legs.
Around 10,000 runners are expected to join this 121-day event. The torch relay which started at Fukushima will reach the New Olympic Stadium of Tokyo on 23rd July for the opening ceremony.
Till Tuesday, Japan had reported 541,496 cases and 9,710 deaths. This is better than most of the countries in the world but yet a worrying sign for Japan.
The Olympic Torch relay began on 25th March from Fukushima prefecture. Since then, the torch relay has gone smoothly with lots of restrictions.
The preparations for the Olympics are on course and the organizers are confident that the games will bring new hope for the whole world. The Tokyo Olympics which were scheduled in July 2020 were postponed to 2021. Now, the postponed Tokyo Summer Olympic Games will kick off on 23rd July 2021.
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