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    Four more Olympic Village residents test positive for COVID-19

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    FOUR more residents of the Olympic Village, including two athletes, have tested positive for COVID-19. A total of 91 people accredited for the Tokyo Games have tested positive since the beginning of July.

    Skateboarder Candy Jacobs of the Netherlands and table tennis player Pavel Sirucek of the Czech Republic tested positive and had to leave the village to enter a quarantine hotel.

    Two additional "games-concerned personnel" — a category that includes team coaches and officials — staying in the village overlooking Tokyo Bay tested positive.

    The 91 cases do not include athletes who tested positive at home before their scheduled travel to Tokyo for events they will now miss.

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