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Coronavirus spreads via junior high school club games in Kyoto

Masked people walk in Kyoto on May 23, 2020, on the first weekend since a coronavirus state of emergency was lifted in Kyoto Prefecture, along with Osaka and Hyogo prefectures. (Kyodo)

KYOTO -- The Kyoto Municipal Board of Education announced on July 31 that a cluster of novel coronavirus infections broke out after six municipal junior high school students in the same club tested positive.

    Two other girls, each from a different junior high school that went up against the city-run junior high school in a practice game, also contracted the virus.

    According to the education board, the eight female students participated in practice games held in the western Japan city of Kyoto from July 23 to July 25 as part of their club activities. One of the participants tested positive for the virus on July 27, and the municipal government conducted polymerase chain reaction tests on 46 students that had participated in the event.

    The mother of the student who first tested positive had contracted the virus after visiting a patient at a municipal hospital in the city's Nakagyo Ward where a different cluster of infections was reported.

    The municipal education board disinfected the three schools the eight students belong to. Though summer break began on Aug. 1 at the three schools, all activities including club activities will be suspended until Aug. 18.

    (Japanese original by Hiroshi Odanaka, Kyoto Bureau)

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