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Two additional GOJ officials working on cruise ship test positive for COVID-19

  • February 20, 2020
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NHK reported that the MHLW announced today that one ministry official in his 40s and one Cabinet Secretariat officer in his 30s who were working on board the Diamond Princess were found to be infected with the new virus and transferred to hospitals in Tokyo today. According to a press conference held by the ministry, the MHLW official began conducting clerical duties on the cruise ship on Feb. 12 and developed a fever on Feb. 18. He went back to work on the ship since his temperature went down, but underwent a PCR test on Feb. 19. Since the result was positive, he was hospitalized on Feb. 20, but did not have a fever or respiratory symptoms at the time. The Cabinet Secretary official began working on the cruise ship on Feb. 11 and developed symptoms of coughing, muscle aches, and fever. He underwent PCR testing on Feb. 18. Since the result was positive, he was hospitalized on Feb. 20, but did not have a fever or respiratory symptoms at the time. Both of them were staying at different local hotels, but did not use public transportation and wore face masks and gloves while on duty.

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