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45 virus infections confirmed at Tokyo public high school amid possible cluster spread

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TOKYO -- A total of 45 students and others at a public high school in one of Tokyo's 23 special wards have been confirmed infected with the new coronavirus, the Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education announced on Jan. 4.

    A majority of the cases have come from members of two school sports clubs at the school, and it reportedly appears that cluster infections have taken place. The board of education is temporarily closing the affected school for the period of Jan. 4 to 8.

    According to the board of education, 41 first- to third-year high school students and four male teaching staff have been infected. All of them have minor symptoms or are asymptomatic, but it was also reported that two of the students have been hospitalized.

    The infections were first detected among two members of a sports club on Dec. 26, and it later emerged that the virus had spread while attempts were being made to track down people the students had been in close contact with. There are 29 students still awaiting the results of their tests.

    Although the two sports clubs train in different areas, it's reportedly possible that the virus spread when the various members were using changing rooms or eating together.

    (Japanese original by Hitomi Saikawa, City News Department)

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