Sixteen more people associated with the Tokyo Olympics, none of them athletes, have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total since the start of this month to 169, games organizers said Wednesday.
The figures, released a day after Tokyo reported a record 2,848 daily coronavirus infections, excludes those announced by central and local governments. Two cases previously reported proved to be negative and were removed from the cumulative total.
It is the first time in four days that the organizers have reported no COVID-19 positive cases of Olympic athletes, at a time when the spike in infections in the host city is raising concerns over public health.
"We want to make a commitment to keep hosting a safe and secure games until the end," Masanori Takaya, a spokesman for the organizing committee, told a press briefing.
The 16 are nine contractors, four games-related officials, two media members, and a volunteer, the organizers said. None of them were staying at the athletes' village and 12 of them are residents of Japan, they added.
The organizers said 38,484 people from foreign countries had entered Japan for the games as of Monday.
International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams reiterated about 85 percent of the athletes have been fully vaccinated and that proper protocols are in place to prevent the games from becoming a source of COVID-19 outbreaks.
"The separation between those involved in the Olympics and the general population is very intense, and there really isn't a great deal of contact," he said.