Serbian arriving for Games COVID positive

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A member of the Serbian Olympic rowing team has tested positive for COVID-19 while trying to enter Japan for the Tokyo Olympics.

News agency Kyodo reported Japanese health ministry officials said the athlete was isolated at Tokyo's Haneda airport.

Four others travelling with the athlete were reportedly transferred to a facility near the airport.

They had been scheduled to travel to a training camp in Nanto in central Japan.

Nanto officials said the training camp was likely to be cancelled.

The report comes after two members of the Ugandan Olympic delegation tested positive for the coronavirus last month upon arrival in Japan.

One tested positive at Narita airport near Tokyo, but the remainder of the team was allowed to travel to a training site.

A second member of the delegation was found later to have the virus.

The first member who tested positive, after being in quarantine near Narita, again tested positive on Saturday after arriving in the Japanese town of Izumisano, according to a statement from the city.

Officials said the person was not believed to be contagious, and no contact tracing would be done.

Tokyo organising committee president Seiko Hashimoto said on Friday that more than 500 participants had arrived in Tokyo without incident.

About 11,000 Olympic and 4.400 Paralympic athletes will arrive for the Olympics, in addition to tens of thousands of coaches, judges and officials.

Organisers still have not decided whether to allow local fans into venues.

Overseas fans were banned months ago.

Almost two weeks ago, organisers said they would allow indoor and outdoor venues to be filled to 50 per cent capacity up to 10,000.

But with new infections rising daily in Tokyo for two weeks, local organisers are expected to meet this week with the International Olympic Committee and others and lower the cap, or remove spectators altogether.

Tokyo reported 518 new cases on Sunday, marking the 15th straight day that infections have increased from levels of a week earlier.

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