— Published 13 August 2021

A first case of Lambda variant infection

Tokyo 2020

The Tokyo Games are over, but the health news continues even after the closing ceremony. Japanese media are reporting that a COVID-19 case of Lambda variant directly related to the Games has been discovered. It concerns an accredited person. According to government sources, the person is a woman in her 30s who travelled to Peru before coming to Tokyo for the Olympics. She arrived at Tokyo’s Haneda airport on July 20th with her Olympic accreditation card. Japan’s National Institute of Infectious Diseases confirmed her infection with the Lambda variant after a test at the airport found she was positive. But she did not develop any symptoms and was reportedly placed in quarantine as soon as she left the airport. To date, she is the only person directly linked to the Tokyo Games affected by the Lambda variant, a mutation of the virus that emerged in late 2020 in Peru and is less contagious than the Delta variant. The latest count recorded 553 number of COVID-19 cases linked to the Games, but it is expected to rise again with the Paralympic Games taking place between August 24th and September 5th.