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Teacher infected with coronavirus in east Japan worked for 1 week after getting fever

Chiba Mayor Toshihito Kumagai is seen at a news conference at the municipal government headquarters in the city's Chuo Ward on Feb. 22, 2020. (Mainichi/Shohei Kato)

CHIBA -- A female teacher at a public junior high school in this city east of Tokyo has been found infected with the new coronavirus, the municipal government said on Feb. 22.

The teacher in her 60s continued to work until Feb. 19, even after she complained of a high fever on Feb. 12. The municipal government and the city board of education have decided to disinfect the school in Chiba's Hanamigawa Ward where the teacher works and close the institution on Feb. 25 and 26 after the three-day weekend.

According to the municipal government and other sources, the Japanese language teacher complained of a high fever and nausea on Feb. 12 and was diagnosed with a cold at a medical institution in Chiba Prefecture. Her fever did not go down but she supervised regular examinations on Feb. 13 and 14. The teacher left work early on Feb. 19, underwent a medical checkup again and was hospitalized. She tested positive for the new coronavirus on Feb. 21. She is reportedly in stable condition.

The school will suspend extracurricular activities and ban all sport clubs from participating in away games with other schools for the time being. The school's students and their guardians have already been asked to refrain from nonessential outings.

The municipal education board will also explain the situation to all guardians by email and post detailed documents on the matter to them.

Moreover, the board will investigate whether any other teachers and staffers at municipal schools have recently developed high fevers and consider closing classes or schools depending on the outcome.

(Japanese original by Shohei Kato, Chiba Bureau)

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