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Tokyo Olympics see 27 more COVID-19 cases, highest daily count

The Olympic rings are seen backlit by the afternoon sun in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward. (Mainichi/Masahiro Ogawa)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Tokyo Olympic organizing committee on Friday reported 27 more COVID-19 cases linked with the games, the highest daily count since it began tallying infections at the start of this month.

    The 27 cases, bringing the cumulative total to 220, comprise 18 residents of Japan and nine from overseas, including three athletes. Of the daily total, two athletes and a games-related official were staying in the Olympic village.

    One of the infected athletes is on the American athletics team, the organizing committee said. Pole vaulter Sam Kendricks, a two-time world champion, on Thursday pulled out of the games after testing positive for COVID-19.

    The highest daily figure came a day after Tokyo reported 3,865 new infections, hitting a record for the third straight day, and the nationwide single-day count topped 10,000 for the first time.

    Besides the three athletes, those who tested positive for COVID-19 are 15 contractors, four games-related officials, four volunteers and one member of the media, according to the committee. Figures do not include those announced by central and local governments in Japan.

    As of Wednesday, 39,853 people from overseas had arrived in Japan to take part in the games, it said.

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