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A total of 323 coronavirus infections were recorded during the Tokyo Paralympics, bringing the combined total for the Paralympics and Olympics to 878 since July 1, the Games’ organizing committee announced Wednesday, the same day the athletes village officially closed.

Just 17 of the infections among people connected with the Paralympics were among athletes village residents. The Wednesday figures included four new infections, and with the closing of the athletes village, marked the last of the organizers’ daily infection reports.

The bulk of the Paralympic-related infections, 236, occurred among Japan residents, with operations staff accounting for the largest portion, 236. Para athletes accounted for 13 infections, coaches and other Games’ officials 54, media members 18, organizing committee members 14, volunteers 11, and overseas staff at pre-Games training camps seven.

The athletes village, a 21-structure housing complex in Tokyo’s bayside Harumi district, will be converted into 5,632 units for sale or rent, with the first occupants due to enter in March 2024.

As with the Olympic residents, the cafeteria, cleaning services and beauty salon were highly praised by Paralympians in social media posts. Japan’s Olympic minister, Tamayo Marukawa called the food hall “a major vehicle for transmitting Japanese culture.”

On the other hand, some Olympians violated the coronavirus “playbook” rules by leaving the village for sightseeing or to go drinking, while a visually impaired Japanese judoka was injured when he was struck at an intersection by one of the village’s self-driving “e-Pallete” buses.

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