Tokyo Olympics: Panic at Tokyo Games as 12 police officers guarding athletes test positive for Covid
EXCLUSIVE: Panic at Tokyo Games as 12 police officers guarding athletes in Olympic village test positive for Covid and 38 others – with all 50 officers in their 20s sharing cramped accommodation
Tokyo 2020 organizers are shocked by an outbreak of Covid-19 among the police guarding the athletes in the Olympic Village.
About 12 agents who tested positive and a further 38 of their colleagues suspected of contracting the highly contagious virus have been placed in strict isolation following the discovery.
The police officers, all in their 20s, are half of a special effort of 100 from Hyogo Province to secure the athletes at their accommodation during the Games.
Olympic village (pictured) has strict biosecurity, but now 50 police officers guarding athletes have Covid or isolate them
The squadron stayed in a cramped dormitory in a Tokyo suburb, where they had to share laundry facilities, which are in some cases responsible for the explosion.
Despite the outbreak, officers from the same Hyogo unit continue to man security posts in the Olympic Village and were seen interacting with the athletes and the public today.
Tokyo 2020 organizers have tried to downplay the outbreak.
But regular officers of the unit have expressed concern.
One said: “Only Hyogo Prefectural Police continues to hold these coronavirus outbreaks. We may be cursed.’
He added that the cramped accommodation had allowed the virus to spread like wildfire.
All 50 officers (not pictured here) in the Olympic Village are in their 20s and share cramped accommodation
“There weren’t enough toilets or bathrooms in the police dormitory and it got too crowded.
‘That is the cause of this virus cluster.
“The coronavirus is spreading and I’m scared.
“Morale is so low.
“Some officers say the coronavirus is more terrifying than working in a natural disaster.”
An urgent review of security measures around the Olympic Village was underway yesterday to curb any possible spread of the virus.
Team GB declined to comment on the Covid-19 outbreak among the police monitoring the Athletes Village, but said their robust Covid-19 protocols meant their team members posed no apparent direct threat.
Tokyo 2020 declined to comment.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government registered 3,177 new Covid-19 infections yesterday – a 12 percent increase from the day before and above 3,000 for the first time.