Ugandan Olympic coach tests positive for Covid after arriving in Japan

Ugandan Olympic coach tests positive for Covid after arriving in Japan
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Daily US Times: An Ugandan Olympic team coach tested positive for Covid-19 upon arrival in Japan’s capital Tokyo on Saturday night, according to Japanese officials.

Donald Rukare, Uganda Olympic Committee President, said the coach, who has not been named, has no symptoms. It’s not yet clear whether the coach, who is in a government facility, will be barred from participating or sent home.

Rukare said, the entire Uganda Olympic delegation, which includes 26 players and 30 staff, has been fully vaccinated with two shots of AstraZeneca.

Many of Ugandan Olympic athletes and staff received their second dose of the vaccine this month, about three months after receiving their first dose.

The eight others who arrived with the Covid-positive coach have traveled to Izumisano city, where they are being hosted.

Rukare said the octet are in a bubble and will be tested for Covid-19 daily.

In the coming days, more athletes and staff from the Ugandan Olympic team are due to arrive in Japan.

The Ugandans are among the first to arrive in Tokyo ahead of the Olympics, which have been dogged by safety concerns as the country fights a fourth wave of Covid-19.

Japan has fully vaccinated less than 7% of its population and doctors have warned that an Olympic super-spreader event could push Japan’s overstretched medical system to the brink.

Already, at least 10,000 of the 80,000 people who signed up to help at the Games have quit and on Friday, Japan’s top coronavirus adviser that staging the Olympics without spectators would be “desirable.”

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