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6 months ago
Liam Morgan
at the Main Press Centre in Tokyo
Liam Morgan

Journalist identified as close contact forced to spend two weeks in quarantine

We have just received word that an insidethegames journalist, Philip Barker, has been informed he will have to spend two weeks in quarantine in his hotel room after being identified as a close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case on his flight.

If an athlete is a close contact, they are able to continue to their training if they test negative every day. Apparently that rule does not apply to journalists.

This sets a concerning precedent for those of us here to cover the Games, so it is little surprise the Main Press Centre is hardly a happy place right now.

We are already subjected to various restrictions as it is. This is excessive and, quite frankly, unacceptable.

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