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Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Paralympics set to kick off with stringent pandemic controls

More athletes at risk and more equipment in use call for greater measures

Eleanor Simmonds of the U.K. trains for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at the Tokyo Aquatics Center.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- With the Summer Paralympics ready to begin Tuesday amid a spike in coronavirus cases here in the wake of the Olympic summer games, organizers face an even more urgent need to prevent infections to protect athletes who are at greater risk of developing severe complications if infected.

As in the earlier games, fans will almost entirely be barred from attending events. Testing is a key measure. Over 4,000 athletes are expected to take daily saliva tests with the same requirement in place for personal care assistants, who help Paralympians in close contact.

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