Japan to request daily covid-19 test results from Indian Olympians

Japan to request daily covid-19 test results from Indian Olympians


Japan plans to ask Olympic athletes from India and five other countries hit hard by the highly infectious Delta variant of the coronavirus; to have daily virus tests for seven days before leaving for the Games, a Japanese newspaper said on Sunday.


Currently, all overseas athletes are being asked to have coronavirus tests twice during the four-day period before their departure for the Tokyo Olympics; which are set to start on July 23 after a year’s delay due to the pandemic.


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The Japanese government aims to put the new rule, which will be applied to athletes from India; the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan; Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, into effect on July 1, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported, without citing sources.


Olympics Minister Tamayo Marukawa said on Friday; a member of the Ugandan Olympic team who tested positive for the coronavirus upon arrival had the Delta variant; adding to concern the Games may trigger a new wave of infections.


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