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23 more infected with coronavirus in Japan, including 2 gov't workers

An unidentified passenger is directed in a parking lot after disembarking from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Yokohama, near Tokyo. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

TOKYO -- Twenty-three more people were confirmed to be infected with the new coronavirus in Japan on Feb. 20, bringing the total number of reported infections to 728.

The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare announced that two government workers -- a male employee of the ministry in his 40s and a Cabinet Secretariat worker in his 30s -- were found to be infected with the novel virus strain. The two were working aboard the coronavirus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama Bay, south of Tokyo. This brings the total number of infections among government staff who worked aboard the vessel to four.

The municipal government of Sapporo, the capital of the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido, revealed that a Japanese man in his 40s has contracted the virus. He was engaged in clerical work at a prefabricated hut set up at the venue of the Sapporo Snow Festival from Feb. 1 through 12.

The city government of Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, announced that an inpatient in his 80s at Sagamihara Chuo Hospital was found to carry the virus. The Yokohama Municipal Government in the same prefecture also said a resident of the port city was found to be infected with the coronavirus.

The government of Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, unveiled the infection of a female resident in her 70s, while the city government of Nagoya, central Japan, said a man in his 80s was found infected.

(Japanese original by Hiroyuki Harada, Lifestyle and Medical News Department)

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