Norovirus on rise

 

Norovirus cases at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics have risen to nearly 200, organisers said on Monday, despite an intense battle to contain the outbreak. Seventeen new cases have taken the total to 194, although 147 of those affected have already been released from quarantine, they said. About 1,200 security guards were quarantined and replaced by hundreds of soldiers when the highly contagious bug first came to light last week. Officials say they are doing everything they can to stop more people getting the virus, which causes diarrhoea and vomiting and can be spread by contaminated food and water. Any illness spreading to the competitors would be a major embarrassment to hosts South Korea.

 

 

 

'Can't beat us fairly'

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Sunday that accusations of a state-sponsored doping conspiracy which led to his country's Olympic banishment were orchestrated by the United States because they "can't beat us fairly". "I think it's a form of competition without scruples because the US team, obviously, are not capable of beating us fairly at sport," Lavrov said in an interview broadcast by Rossiya-1 TV and published on the website of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Russia has been banned from taking part in the ongoing Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea. However, the IOC allowed a large group of Russians deemed clean to take part as "Olympic Athletes from Russia".

 

 

Wardrobe malfunction

A clasp on her red dress slipped just seconds into her pairs figure skating routine on Sunday. It was the first Olympic event for her and partner Alexander Gamelin, and Min had to readjust her dress several times throughout the dance. However, the pair continued, scoring 51.97 points and finishing in ninth place. Speaking to the Detroit Free Press, Min said: "Five seconds into the routine, my hook came undone. I was like, 'Oh no!' If that comes undone, the whole thing could just pop off. I was terrified the entire programme." Min said she tried to handle the situation with grace, knowing stopping to fix the malfunction would cost her and her partner points.

 

 

Mocking Trump

Dutch supporters at the Winter Olympics celebrated a triple win for the Netherlands by mocking Donald Trump.  Three Dutch competitors took gold, silver and bronze medals on Saturday in the women’s 3,000-metre speed skating event, the first country to sweep the top three spots in this round of the Games. Dutch television channel NOS captured supporters unfurling a flag to celebrate the country’s victory, with a caption aimed at the US President. “Sorry Mr. President. The Netherlands FIRST…and 2nd…and 3rd!,” the flag read. Mr Trump repeatedly said an “America First” policy would sit at the heart of his administration during his 2016 election campaign. “A new vision will govern...it’s going to be only America first, America first.”