The positive test was the first infection detected among athletes arriving at the Tokyo Olympics.
A member of the Ugandan Olympic team tested positive for coronavirus and was banned from entering Japan, the first infection detected among athletes arriving at the Tokyo Games in five weeks.
The other eight members of the team left early Sunday with a rented bus to the host city of Osaka in central Japan, where cases of COVID-19 are still being reported.
Yasutoshi Nishimura, a minister in charge of economic policy, told NHK TV on Sunday that the government was studying what had happened to border controls.
The athletes, who arrived at Tokyo’s Narita Airport on Saturday afternoon, were completely vaccinated with AstraZeneca spikes and tested negative for PCR before boarding, the Asahi newspaper reported, citing an anonymous official. of the cabinet secretary.
The team member who tested positive was not identified.
NHK said the individual will be housed in a government-designated facility.
Critics have raised serious questions about the risks of holding the Olympics amid a pandemic. But the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Tokyo organizers and the Japanese government insist the Games can be held safely.
“Let’s all wait a minute,” opposition lawmaker Renho said on his Twitter account. “Nine people arrived this time. For the Olympics, 100,000 people will arrive. It’s not time to talk about how it will be a moving experience for our children.
Japan requires a fortnight of two weeks for arrivals abroad, but the Olympic team is not subject to the same border controls.
Organizers are expected to decide on Monday to allow some local fans in the stands. Mass public observation plans in Tokyo were canceled on Saturday.
Overseas fans were banned several months ago. Before the pandemic, Japan relied on the Olympics to get spending on tourism and booming consumers.
The Ugandan team was the second, after the Australian women’s softball team, to reach the Olympics, which open on July 23rd.
Uganda sees an alarming increase in COVID-19 variants and has just tightened blockade measures. About 590 deaths have been reported, probably a lower number, given the paucity of evidence.
In Japan, the state of emergency ends on Sunday to curb the spread of the virus in Tokyo, Osaka and other urban areas, although daily cases continue to grow by several hundred.
There have been no blockades in Japan. The so-called emergencies, which have lasted most of this year, focus on having restaurants and shops closed early, limiting the size of people to places and asking people for social distance, working from home and wearing masks. .
The vaccination rate in Japan is the slowest among developed countries, with approximately 6% of the population fully vaccinated. While the progressive release is on the rise, most people are likely to be fully vaccinated before the Olympics.
More than 14,000 people have died from coronavirus in Japan.