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Cluster infection suspected at southwest Japan nightclub

The Fukuoka Prefectural Government building is seen in this file photo. (Mainichi/Michiko Morizono)

KURUME, Fukuoka -- Ten more people connected to a nightclub in this southwestern city, including its owner and workers, have tested positive for the new coronavirus, the city announced on April 22.

The number of infections at this club now totals 11 after a separate worker was confirmed to have the coronavirus on April 21. The Kurume Municipal Government is trying to find out the routes of transmissions as a cluster infection at the club is suspected.

According to the city's public health center, a foreign employee at the club in her 20s assigned to dance shows developed symptoms on April 12 and was confirmed to have been infected with the virus nine days later. Those who had close contact with her have since gone through polymerase chain reaction tests and 10 people ranging in ages from their 20s to 60s tested positive.

The club apparently had continued operating its business despite the Fukuoka Prefectural Government's request to suspend operations on April 14.

(Japanese original by Naoko Takashiba, Kurume Bureau)

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