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Czech Olympic officers are trying right into a cluster of coronavirus instances which might be linked to a constitution flight that introduced a contingent of athletes and employees to Japan. The nation’s group has six coronavirus instances in complete.
A physician who was on the flight was reportedly among the many first to check optimistic. As of late Thursday, 4 athletes had additionally examined optimistic for the coronavirus.
Street bike owner Michal Schlegel is the newest athlete to check optimistic, becoming a member of an inventory that features two seaside volleyball gamers and a desk tennis participant. Schlegel won’t be able to compete in Saturday’s Olympic highway race, the Czech Olympic Committee stated.
One other athlete who examined optimistic is seaside volleyball participant Markéta Nausch Sluková, who will miss her match that was additionally slated for Saturday.
The nationwide group says it is urgently investigating the flight, which introduced a big a part of the Czech Olympic delegation to Tokyo final week. In an indication of how deep the suspicions in regards to the flight run, after Schlegel’s take a look at was confirmed, solely these biking group officers who had been on the constitution airplane had been required to report on to Tokyo for additional coronavirus testing.
The cluster of instances tied to the constitution flight has change into a giant story within the Czech Republic, particularly after media shops there reported that many passengers had taken off their masks instantly after the airplane took off.
“Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has described the scenario as a scandal and unfair to the athletes,” Radio Prague International experiences.
A lot of the scrutiny is falling on a health care provider who was on the flight, Vlastimil Voráček, who was reportedly not vaccinated and who has spouted outlandish theories in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic — together with the concept folks may shield themselves by gargling usually with mouthwash, in keeping with the information outlet Seznam Zprávy.
The nation’s Olympic officials say they need the inquiry to concentrate on whether or not all precautions in opposition to COVID-19 had been noticed earlier than, throughout and after the constitution flight — and whether or not a few of the airplane’s passengers might have failed to meet their obligations.