COVID cases spike in Tokyo amid Olympic games

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COVID cases spike in Tokyo amid Olympic games

More than 1,700 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Tokyo Sunday on the second official day of the Olympic games — with 13 athletes now among those infected.

The 1,763 new cases of the virus represent a spike from the 1,008 cases reported in the Japanese capital a week earlier, CNN reported.

Archery - Women's Team - Gold medal match - Yumenoshima Archery Field, Tokyo, Japan - July 25, 2021. Members of staff hold up COVID-19 signs
More than 1,700 new COVID-19 cases were reported on the second official day of the Olympics in Tokyo.
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So far, 137 people directly tied to the Olympics have also been infected.

Two golfers are among the latest athletes added to the list this weekend, with Spaniard John Rahm out of the games after his second positive test in two months.

On Saturday, officials revealed that American Bryson DeChambeau tested positive for COVID before leaving for the games and will also miss out on the competition in Japan.

A sign with COVID-19 precautions hangs on the back of empty seats in Tatsumi Water Polo Centre during a preliminary round men's water polo match at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Sunday, July 25, 2021
Thirteen athletes are now among those infected with COVID-19.
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According to CNN, six of the 13 athletes infected thus far are from Team USA, including NBA star Bradley Beal, gymnast Kara Eaker, tennis player Coco Gauff and women’s basketball player Katie Lou Samuelson.

Eaker and beach volleyball coach Traylor Crabb tested positive while in Japan. The others had positive tests prior to arriving and were knocked out of the games, CNN said.

People stage a protest before the National Stadium during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Games in Tokyo, Japan, 23 July 2021.
People stage a protest against the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games as the opening ceremony happened in a stadium without spectators to avoid the spread of COVID-19.
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