A supervisor in Germany’s Olympic delegation has tested positive for the coronavirus within the closed loop in Beijing, the German Olympic Sports Confederation said on Thursday, confirming one of the first cases connected to an athletic team within the bubblelike environment meant to shield participants from the rest of the world.
On Sunday, the positive case was confirmed by a P.C.R. The confederation stated that the positive case was identified on Sunday following a P.C.R. It said that the supervisor is currently in a quarantine hospital and is symptomatic.
Officials in Beijing said that eight new cases were discovered in the bubble on Thursday. 15 more were discovered among airport arrivals of Games-related staff. None of these were related to athletes or team officials.
Official data shows that 50 cases have been identified as part of the closed loop since Jan. 4. Officials have linked one to an athlete or team official. Data show that 79 cases were identified among airport arrivals. Officials confirmed that one was an athlete, while the rest were other stakeholders.
Positive tests have been given to some athletes, including those from Norway, Germany, Hungary, and the Czech Republic. This has caused delays in travel and lowered their chances of participating in the Olympics.
Josh Williamson, an athlete of the Team USA bobsled team, said on Instagram on Wednesday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus on Sunday and would not board the rest of the delegation’s flight to Beijing on Thursday.
The Olympics committee announced Tuesday that Mikhail Kolyada (Russian figure skater) was the one to be withdrawn from his team following positive testing.
The Games will begin on February 4.
Source: NY Times