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Hokkaido boy 1st Japan case of coronavirus infection under 10

The Hokkaido Prefectural Government building. (Mainichi/Naoto Ishikawa)

SAPPORO -- Two elementary school brothers and a woman in her 40s in Hokkaido have been infected with the new coronavirus, with the younger sibling becoming the first infection under 10 in Japan, Hokkaido Gov. Naomichi Suzuki announced on Feb. 21.

The latest finding has brought the total number of infections confirmed in the northernmost prefecture to eight.

According to the prefectural government, the brothers are enrolled at Nakafurano Elementary School in the town of Nakafurano, and the woman works for the Otaru Quarantine Station's Chitose Airport Quarantine branch office in the city of Chitose.

The younger sibling developed a fever on Feb. 15 and was absent from school, while his elder brother had a fever on Feb. 18 and came home early from school that day. Both have been hospitalized in a medical institution within the jurisdiction of the Kamikawa General Subprefectural Bureau since Feb. 19. The pair is now on the recovery track.

The woman had a mild fever on Feb. 16 and visited a medical facility two days later. She tested positive for the new coronavirus on Feb. 21 and is set to be admitted to a hospital, but her condition is stable.

As none of the three had traveled abroad, the Hokkaido Prefectural Government is investigating their history of activities and those they came in close contact with.

(Japanese original by Kohei Shinkai, Hokkaido News Department)

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