A supervisor in the German Olympic team has tested positive for Covid-19 in closed loop in Beijing, the German Olympic Sports Federation said on Thursday, confirming one of the first cases connected to a sports team in a bubble-like environment meant to protect participants from the rest of the world.
The positive case was identified on Sunday after conducting a PCR test in Zhangjiakou, where a lot of snow will take place about 100 kilometers northwest of Beijing, the union said. The supervisor is asymptomatic and is currently in an isolated hotel, it said.
Beijing officials said on Thursday that eight new cases was discovered in the bubble the day before. Fifteen other people were found among the employees associated with the Games arriving at the airport. No one may be affiliated with an athlete or a team official.
As of January 4, 50 cases have been identified in the closed loop, according to official data. Officials linked one of them to an athlete or team official. Of the cases arriving at the airport, 79 were detected, the data showed. One is an athlete or team official, and the rest are other stakeholders, officials said.
Several athletes, including those from the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary and Norway, received positive tests before leaving for the Olympics, resulting in travel delays. and questioned his chances of competing at the Olympics.
Josh Williamson, an athlete on the Team USA snowmobile racing team, said on Instagram on Wednesday that he had tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday and would not board the delegation’s remaining flight to Beijing on Thursday.
A Russian athlete, figure skater Mikhail Kolyadawas withdrawn from his team after the positive test result, the Olympics committee said on Tuesday.
The game is scheduled to start on February 4.
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