Organizers of the Tokyo Olympics said Thursday that a police officer tested positive for COVID-19 the day after his assignment last week at the Olympic torch relay.
This is the first positive test related to the relay since it began on March 25 in the northeastern Fukushima prefecture.
Organizers say the 30-year-old police officer was assigned to monitor the movement of his legs on April 17 in southwestern Kagawa prefecture. They said the police officer developed symptoms and was positive the next day. Local health authorities are investigating.
Officials say the officer was wearing a mask and took measures to socialize and other measures.
The report comes as Japan prepares to declare a third state of emergency in the western metropolitan areas around Osaka and Tokyo. Expected on
Friday and resumed after current measures failed to slow the latest resurgence, fueled by a new, more contagious version of the virus discovered earlier in Britain.
As of Tuesday, Japan has 541,496 cases and 9,710 deaths. These results are good by global standards, but bad in Asia. Without forced locking, people in Japan are less supportive of preventative measures.
The organizers said that all participants and employees take the best precautions and that the case will not affect the subsequent legs of the events with the torch.
The torch relay includes 10,000 runners crossing Japan for four months, ending on arrival at the National Stadium on July 23 to begin the opening ceremony.
As a precaution, the legs were pushed into Osaka City Park last week and taken out of public streets. Something similar is expected for some legs on May 1-2 on the southern island of Okinawa.