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City near Tokyo confirms 1st cluster infection in nighttime entertainment district

Chiba City Hall (Mainichi/Buntaro Saito)

CHIBA -- The Chiba Municipal Government announced on July 23 that it had confirmed six employees at a restaurant in the city's Chuo Ward have the novel coronavirus -- the first cluster infection in a nightlife district in all Chiba Prefecture, just east of Tokyo.

According to the city, the six male employees, aged in their 20s and 30s, were in charge of customer service. Another employee in his 20s had previously been infected, bringing the total at the restaurant to seven cases. All 22 employees in the restaurant have already been tested, and nine were negative. The results for the remaining six will be announced after July 24.

The restaurant is located in an entertainment district and has been closed since July 20. The city government will not release the restaurant's name as it has not obtained the eatery's consent. Authorities are attempting to trace the establishment's customers.

Thirty-three people in Chiba Prefecture were confirmed infected with the coronavirus on July 23, according to prefectural and municipal authorities. Total infection numbers in the prefecture stood at 1,410, with 46 deaths.

(Japanese original by Seiho Akimaru, Chiba Bureau)

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