Head of the IOC ensures security for the Olympics

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Measures against covid-19 US Tokyo Olympic Games “work” – assured this Thursday (15) the president of International Olympic Committee (COI), Thomas Bach, at a time when the Japanese capital registers case records, eight days before the start of the sporting event.

On Thursday, organizers announced several positive cases of covid-19: a foreign athlete who has just arrived in Tokyo, plus five people working for the event.

Bach assured that a morning visit to the Olympic Village convinced him that the anti-virus measures “have been implemented and are working”.

“We were able to see and convince ourselves that all delegations follow and support the rules, because they know they have an interest in being safe,” he said during a meeting with Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike.

“They are interested in this and also out of solidarity with the inhabitants of Tokyo,” he added.

Since Monday, Tokyo faces a new state of emergency due to the virus, with a significant increase in infections and fears of the spread of the Delta variant.

Bars and restaurants were encouraged to reduce their opening hours and, in theory, they cannot serve alcoholic beverages.

The capital registered 1,308 new infections by covid-19 in the last 24 hours, increasing from 1,000 cases for the second consecutive day. These are the highest numbers since January this year.