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Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Olympic Village 'bubble' opens in coronavirus-hit Tokyo

Daily testing and limited activity aim to keep infections to a minimum

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Village in Tokyo. Athletes are expected to remain in the village or at competition and practice venues throughout the event. (Photo by Kai Fujii)

TOKYO -- The Olympic Village on Tokyo Bay opened Tuesday ahead of the start of the games on July 23, keeping thousands of athletes and staff in a bubble as the capital remains under a state of emergency.

The village opened without ceremony in order to avoid a large gathering that could ignite infections. Vehicles carrying athletes from Canada, Brazil and the U.S. arrived at the village in the morning. The athletes underwent temperature and baggage checks then boarded autonomous electric vehicles that took them to the residential building.

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