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Brazilian Sport Minister claims 90pc drop in Zika virus in Rio since January

Published 07/07/2016 | 16:22

Visitors gather beneath the Christ the Redeemer statue as Maracana stadium, site of the Olympic opening ceremonies, stands in the background. July 5 marks the one-month mark to the beginning of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with an economic crisis, political turmoil and Zika virus fears roiling the country. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Visitors gather beneath the Christ the Redeemer statue as Maracana stadium, site of the Olympic opening ceremonies, stands in the background. July 5 marks the one-month mark to the beginning of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with an economic crisis, political turmoil and Zika virus fears roiling the country. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The Zika virus will not be a problem for athletes or spectators at the Rio Olympics, according to Brazil's Sports Minister Leonardo Picciani.

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The build-up to next month's Games has been dominated by concerns over construction delays, crime and health scares, with the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus topping the list.

But the 36-year-old Picciani, who has only been in his post for a month, said there has been a 90% decrease in Zika cases in Rio de Janeiro since January and by August the incidence rate should be "close to zero".

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