Highly contagious norovirus and freezing cold taking their toll.
7 Feb 2018 – The Winter Olympics has been hit by an outbreak of the highly contagious norovirus, with 86 cases including dozens of security guards affected. Many have been taken to the hospital suffering severe diarrhea and vomiting following the breakout on Sunday.
As a result, 1,200 guards have been withdrawn from Olympic sites and quarantined in their rooms.
There were already concerns about the severity of the cold in Pyeongchang. Temperatures during the opening ceremony are expected to hover around -10C (14F), while the wind chill during rehearsals plummeted to -23C (-9.4F).
To counter the cold, the 35,000 spectators attending the opening ceremony will be given a rain coat, a small blanket, a winter cap, heating packs for hands and feet and a heating pad to sit on.
Thanks to Argiris Diamantis and Don Brown for these links