Organisers of the Tokyo Olympics are looking at reserving an entire, 300 room hotel to house athletes who test positive for COVID-19.
According to officials with knowledge of the plans ahead of the Games, organisers are looking to aid in the prevention of spreading coronavirus by securing the 300 room hotel, in close vicinity of the 21 buildings that make up the athletes village.
The hotel will be used to isolate and treat athletes or members of staff who test positive for COVID-19 or those who are displaying symptoms of the virus.
Athletes and staff members who do not need to be hospitalised will be quarantined in the hotel room for 10 days, according to Japanese outlet, Kyodo news. If the plan is approved, it is thought it will increase the budget considerably, which has already been inflated by the postponement of the event from last year.
30 vehicles will also be put in place and specially designed to protect drivers from COVID-19 infection when transporting patients to hospital, if necessary.
Athletes are expected to be tested at least every four days, as disclosed in the first issue of the Games 'playbook', however this may have to be increased with new variants spreading in Japan and overseas.
From April 12, Tokyo, Kyoto and Okinawa are set to implement stronger measures to help tackle the virus.
Author: Jake Wilkin