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An outbreak of collective infection in Japan’s Ministry of Health and Labour has ignored the pandemic prevention requirements for late-night dinners

An outbreak of collective infection in Japan's Ministry of Health and Labour has ignored the pandemic prevention requirements for late-night dinners

February 2, 2021, Tokyo, Japan - Japanese Health Minister Norihisa Tamura answers a question at Upper House's plenary session at the National Diet in Tokyo on Tuesday, February 2, 2021. Japanese government is expecting to extend a state of emergency for a month at Tokyo and other nine prefectures due to pandemic of the new coronavirus. (Photo by Yoshio Tsunoda/AFLO)

April 20, local time, Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare announced that 10 more staff confirmed infection with Coronavirus, a total of 27 confirmed cases.

Twelve of the confirmed patients had spent late at the end of March ignoring the pandemic prevention order. Japan’s National Institute of Infectious Diseases said, “it can be assumed that there has been a pandemic concentrated outbreak.”

According to Japan’s Asahi Shimbun reported on the 20th, Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, the elderly health department of 23 staff had gathered on March 24 in a family wine house in Ginza, Tokyo, many participants as soon as they entered the shop to remove their masks, chat also did not control the volume, the party continued into the night.

On April 30, Mr. Shigeru Tanaka apologized and said he would punish those involved after a detailed investigation into the incident. As of the 20th, 12 of the 23 participants had been diagnosed.

In addition, 15 others, including staff members who had left their jobs and been punished, were confirmed as of the end of March, a cluster outbreak identified by Japan’s National Institute of Infectious Diseases. J

apan’s National Institute of Infectious Diseases is investigating the cluster outbreak, and preliminary results show several routes of transmission, making it difficult to conclude that there is a causal link between the outbreak and the gathering at the end of March.

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