A member of the Ugandan Olympic team who tested positive for coronavirus upon arrival in Japan had the Delta variant, adding to concern that the Games – less than a month away – may trigger a new wave of infections.
A coach in the African nation’s delegation tested positive after arriving in Japan on Saturday, while a second member, an athlete, tested positive on Wednesday after arriving in the team’s host city of Izumisano, officials said previously.
Olympic Minister Tamayo Marukawa told a news conference that the person who arrived on Saturday had been found to have the Delta variant, NHK public TV reported, adding that analysis was also being conducted on the second confirmed case.
Marukawa said she would consult other ministries and liaise with those on the ground about what steps were needed.
A city official told Reuters he could not confirm whether a team member had tested positive for the highly transmissible Delta variant.
Japan has not suffered the explosive outbreak of the virus seen elsewhere but struggled with the fourth wave of infections until a decline in the pace of increase and a speeded-up vaccination rollout prompted it to lift a state of emergency in Tokyo and eight other prefectures on Sunday.