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Some 850 people had close contact with 27 infected at Tokyo theater

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government building, center, and other high-rise buildings are seen in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward in this photo taken from a Mainichi Shimbun helicopter in April 2020. (Mainichi/Kota Yoshida)

TOKYO -- The metropolitan government disclosed on July 13 that about 850 people including staff and audience members had close contact with those who tested positive for the novel coronavirus at a theater in the capital's Shinjuku Ward.

A show featuring young idols called "The Jinro" was staged at Shinjuku Theater Moliere from June 30 to July 5, and a total of 27 people including performers and audience members were known to have contracted the virus as of July 13. It is the first time in Tokyo that a coronavirus cluster infection took place in a theater.

Rise Communication Co., which hosted the show, is calling on audience members who visited the theater to swiftly contact their local public health center or call hotlines for returnees and those who had close contact with infected persons.

The Tokyo government says it will ask the theater and Rise Communication if they followed preventative measure guidelines, and will request the theater to temporarily close if it does not submit measures to prevent a recurrence.

Rise Communications announced on July 13, "We made a guideline and did our best in following measures to prevent infections, but it is a fact that many people became infected, and we offer our deepest apology."

(Japanese original by Mei Nammo, City News Department)

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