Tokyo reported nearly 2,000 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, the highest increase in new cases since January, just one day before the Olympics are set to begin in the city.
Health officials reported 1,979 new cases, with the number of cases linked to the Tokyo Olympics rising to 91, Tokyo 2020 organizers said. Nine of the Games-linked cases were residents of the Olympic Village, including four who are athletes and four who are “Games-related personnel,” CNN reported.
Meanwhile, athletes from two countries have tested positive with the virus, CNN reported. The Dutch Olympic Committee announced on Thursday that taekwondo athlete Reshmie Oogink tested positive for COVID-19 in Japan and will have to miss the Olympic Games. She is the second Dutch athlete to have to miss competing in Tokyo after skateboarder Candy Jacobs also tested positive for the virus on Wednesday.
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Scheduled to compete on Tuesday, Oogink will now have to enter a mandatory 10-day quarantine. The Dutch Olympic Committee announced that a staff member of its rowing team also tested positive for COVID-19 and will enter quarantine, as well.
The Czech Olympic Committee also announced that more of its athletes have tested positive for the virus. Women’s beach volleyball player Markéta Sluková-Nausch tested positive for the virus and will also have to miss the Games.
Sluková-Nausch is the fifth member of Czech’s Olympic team to contract the virus in Tokyo.
Tokyo is currently under a state of emergency due to the surge in COVID-19 cases. It is set to expire on Aug. 22.