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Olympians Contract COVID-19 in Japan

July 19, 2021 • 7:11 am CDT
(Vax Before Travel)

The BBC reported the Czech Republic Olympic Committee confirmed on July 19, 2021, that a beach volleyball player had tested positive in the athletes' village, two days after a staff member had tested positive following their arrival in Tokyo on a charter flight from Prague.

Olympic Organizers had earlier announced six new COVID-19 cases connected to the Olympics, including media, contractors, and other personnel, though none of those were in the village. This news brings the total number of positive COVID-19 cases to 29 among the 22,000 accredited people who have arrived in Japan from abroad to attend the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

The U.S. CDC recently stated, 'Because of the current situation in Japan, all travelers may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variants.'

  • See recommendations for fully vaccinated travelers.
  • See recommendations for unvaccinated travelers.

In addition to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CDC suggests that visitors to Japan discuss various travel vacation options with their healthcare provider one month before traveling abroad.