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12 Akihabara maid cafe staff test positive for coronavirus: Tokyo health center

A notice on the novel coronavirus infections among @home cafe employees is seen displayed on the cafe's website in this screenshot.

TOKYO -- A total of 12 workers at two maid cafes in Tokyo's Akihabara district famous for electronics and video game shops were confirmed to have the new coronavirus, the capital's Chiyoda Health Center announced on July 7.

The infected workers are employees at @home cafe's Akihabara main branch and Akihabara Don Quijote branch, including those who work as maids at the outlets. According to the health center and other sources, three workers who developed a fever between June 19 and 24 later tested positive for the coronavirus via polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests. All of some 450 employees subsequently took PCR tests at the direction of the health center, and nine workers out of 394 had tested positive by July 7. None of the infected employees are apparently showing severe symptoms. The cafe operator said the two branches have been closed for the time being.

Officials suspect that the virus spread in back rooms and the cafe's offices where the employees share space. The health center said it decided not to conduct tests on customers after judging they did not have close contact with the infected workers, as the serving staff wore masks and the cafes had implemented thorough disinfection measures.

(Japanese original by Richi Tanaka, City News Department)

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