IPC chief says anti-virus measures successful

The head of the International Paralympic Committee says the measures taken to prevent the spread of the coronavirus during the Games were a success.

IPC President Andrew Parsons was speaking to NHK in an interview.

He said the number of COVID-19 cases was "very low," and that there were no severe cases, "so we are very happy with that as well."

He said, "We didn't want our presence here to increase the number of cases in the Japanese population," adding, "There are few countries in the world, if any other, that could have delivered the Games."

Parsons said the Games took place in a positive atmosphere, even though spectators were not allowed, in principle.

He said the athletes felt embraced by Japan thanks to the "fantastic" volunteers and staff.

The organizing committee has confirmed just over 300 infections among people involved in the Games.