Tokyo Olympic staffer tests positive for coronavirus

Organizers have issued a statement saying a male employee in his 30s, who worked at the headquarters building in Tokyo, tested positive for COVID-19.

The Tokyo Olympics were postponed last month until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.   -  GETTY IMAGES

A staff member of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee has tested positive for coronavirus.

Tokyo organizers issued a statement on Wednesday saying it was a male employee in his 30s who worked at the headquarters building in a part of Tokyo known as Harumi.

Organizers said he was in quarantine at home and gave no further details.

The committee employs about 3,500 people, and organizers say about 90% have been working from home for the last several weeks.

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Organizers said the area in which he worked would be disinfected, and people who worked nearby have been told to stay home.

The Tokyo Olympics were postponed last month until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Olympics are scheduled to open on July 23, 2021, but questions persist if that will be possible in light of the pandemic.