Six positive tests: Corona outbreak in the German Olympic team

Six positive tests
Corona outbreak in the German Olympic team

Shortly before the opening of the Winter Games in Beijing, the German Olympians received bad news. Half a dozen team members tested positive for the corona virus.

The German Olympic team in Beijing is affected by six new corona cases. The German Olympic Sports Confederation did not initially say whether there were other athletes among the infected. Three sub-teams are affected. According to the DOSB, all infections were detected upon entry. Those affected were symptom-free and were separated from the rest of the team. On Thursday, among others, the German national ice hockey team arrived, as well as the Nordic combined and parts of the skeleton team.

Figure skater Nolan Seegert was the first German athlete to test positive for the corona virus at the Winter Games. The 29-year-old pair runner is in an isolation hotel and is symptom-free, the DOSB announced on Wednesday. A few days earlier, a German supervisor in the Zhangjiakou mountain region had already been diagnosed with a corona infection.

There are also two confirmed cases of contact in the figure skating team, including Seegert’s sporting partner Minerva Hase. The duo already wanted to start in the short program for couples in the team event on Friday. Now the German figure skaters Nicole Schott, Paul Fentz and the ice dancers Katharina Müller/Tim Dieck are taking part in the team competition without the pair. In addition, Seegert and Hase are registered for the pair skating competition on February 18th and 19th. You had prepared for the Olympics in Russia.

Anyone who contracted the virus at the Beijing Olympics will be isolated in a specially designated hotel. Only after two negative PCR tests at least 24 hours apart can those affected leave before the end of ten days. After this period, only a negative PCR test is required. The Olympic organizers gave the total number of positive tests as of Thursday at 287. Of these, 185 infections were found during controls at the airport, 102 within the so-called closed circuit for all those involved in the Olympics.

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