32 Olympic Athletes in Isolation After Testing Positive for COVID-19 in Beijing

(BEIJING) — Greater than 30 athletes on the Beijing Olympics are in isolation amenities after testing optimistic for the coronavirus, organizers mentioned Tuesday. The common keep in isolation is seven days.

“We’ll enable as many individuals out of isolation as we are able to, however solely as many as we are able to do safely,” mentioned Brian McCloskey, chairman of the skilled medical panel for the Beijing Video games. He mentioned 50 athletes have been discharged and the overwhelming majority of athletes in isolation are nicely and don’t require any medical therapy.

The disclosure that 32 athletes are in isolation amenities got here after complaints by athletes and groups about inedible meals, soiled rooms and an absence of coaching gear and web entry. Organizers have acknowledged that isolation is already a troublesome scenario for athletes — who face the potential for lacking competitions after years of coaching — and mentioned they have been working to rapidly tackle any issues.
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To stop the unfold of COVID-19, Beijing organizers are requiring everybody within the so-called Olympic bubble to take each day PCR lab assessments. Those that are confirmed optimistic are taken to an isolation facility till they’re cleared for discharge with detrimental assessments. Individuals who preserve testing optimistic also can request a assessment by a medical panel.

McCloskey famous that individuals who have been contaminated can proceed testing optimistic intermittently for a very long time, even when they’re not contagious. However he mentioned beforehand contaminated individuals may also be testing optimistic as a result of they have been re-infected, and are in a position to unfold the virus.

“The problem is to differentiate the 2,” he mentioned.

Organizers mentioned they anticipate the variety of optimistic circumstances to say no as new arrivals into the Olympic bubble taper off, since screening procedures are meant to catch the virus early and forestall it from spreading.

McCloskey famous that everybody within the bubble is being examined and that almost everybody has been vaccinated.

“I believe your probability of choosing up COVID within the closed loop is lower than anyplace else on the earth,” he mentioned.

Up to now, there have been 393 optimistic circumstances contained in the Olympic bubble. Along with athletes, the determine contains information media, group officers and others contained in the bubble. Greater than 12,800 individuals have arrived from outdoors China for the Olympics.


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