Tokyo reports 1,763 cases of COVID-19 on third day of Olympic Games

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The Tokyo Metropolitan Government reported 1,763 COVID-19 cases on Sunday, the third day since the Olympic Games began in the Japanese capital.

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Infections have been on the rise in recent weeks, reaching 1,979 on Thursday, the highest since January.

The shadows of the pandemic continued to hang over the Games. World number six golfer Bryson DeChambeau was replaced in the US men’s team after testing positive for COVID-19 before his departure.

The Dutch rowing coach also tested positive as Olympic organizers reported 10 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total disclosed to 132.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) insisted that masks were a “must to have” at Tokyo medal ceremonies but said that athletes can remove them briefly

“It’s not a nice to have. It’s a must to have,” said IOC spokesman Mark Adams.

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