As the Tokyo Olympics are about to begin, Covid remains the headline. To date, three days before the opening ceremony, there have been 61 reported Covid cases casting a doubt over the testing protocols and the lack of vaccine enforcement for athletes and national delegations. Some fear that the virus, despite isolation efforts, may spread throughout the Olympic Village, containing 21 residential buildings housing about 11,000 athletes plus the national teams’ staff.
Olympic organizers believe and state that their approach is working. The fact that they are identifying positive cases indicates, according to them, that they are doing the right thing. Their claim is that the current infection rate is 0.1%, well below their own targets.
One thing is certain, with no spectators in the stands, not even for the opening ceremony this Friday, these Olympics will be like no other.