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Coronavirus cluster infection suspected at southwest Japan cabaret club

Few people are seen in the Nakasu entertainment district in Fukuoka's Hakata Ward in April 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic. (Mainichi/Toyokazu Tsumura)

FUKUOKA -- The local government of this southwestern Japan city announced on June 16 that four of eight people who recently tested positive for the novel coronavirus here are related to cabaret clubs in the famed Nakasu entertainment district in Hakata Ward.

According to the Fukuoka Municipal Government, of the infected eight people, a man and a woman are employees of a cabaret club. Two other infected local men had visited a cabaret club with four other men from Tokyo on June 4. The four Tokyo men have also been confirmed as infected with the virus by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

The city suspects that a cluster infection may have occurred at a single club if the six infected customers had visited the same venue as where the two employees work, and requested that about 270 other nightclubs in the district boost measures against infections including avoiding the "3 Cs" -- confined spaces, crowded places and close contact.

Only the male employee has revealed the name of the venue he works at to municipal government investigators.

The city is asking people who visited or worked at cabaret clubs in the area and have symptoms such as a fever to call the office on 092-711-4126.

(Japanese original by Sayo Kato and Keiko Yamaguchi, Kyushu News Department)

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