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Central Japan bullet train conductor contracts coronavirus

A Central Japan Railway Co. sign. (Mainichi)

NAGOYA -- Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Central), based in Nagoya, announced on July 31 that a male conductor in his 20s working on the Tokaido Shinkansen bullet train has contracted the novel coronavirus.

    The conductor belongs to a Tokyo-based operation section for JR Central's drivers and conductors, and was in charge of tasks such as directing passengers and patrolling. He developed a fever on July 24 after work. He had initially tested negative for the coronavirus after taking a polymerase chain reaction test. He was tested again on July 30 after suffering loss of taste, and tested positive.

    (Japanese original by Shinichiro Kawase, Nagoya News Center)

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