The first case of the COVID-19 virus has been identified in the Paralympic Village, the organization announced Thursday, five days before the opening of the Paralympic Games, when Japan faces a surge in infections.
Organizers said the patient is part of the individuals associated with the games and does not reside in Japan.
The organization, so far, has recorded 74 cases related to the Paralympic Games, which are taking place from August 24 to September 5, mainly among individuals living in Japan.
Six more cases were reported by the local authorities hosting Paralympic teams before the games started.
This is the first reported case in the Paralympic Village, which opened on Tuesday.
Organizers of the Olympic Games, which ended on August 8, said they were able to prevent a major outbreak of the COVID-19 virus in Japan with strict hygiene measures, a claim some experts doubt.
To date, 546 Olympic-related cases have been diagnosed.
The number of COVID-19 cases, which has been on the rise in the archipelago, reached a new high on Wednesday, with nearly 24,000 infections across the country.
In the face of this new wave of infections, the Japanese government extended, on Tuesday, the state of emergency, from July in part of Japan, until September 12 in 13 prefectures, including Tokyo.
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