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Cluster at Osaka police station puts 12 officers on leave, some 100 furloughed

The Osaka Prefectural Police headquarters (Mainichi/Tsuyoshi Fujita)

OSAKA -- Twelve members of the community affairs division of the Osaka Prefectural Police's Neyagawa Police Station have been infected with the novel coronavirus, prefectural police announced Jan. 24.

    There had been a spate of police officers in the division testing positive for the coronavirus since Jan. 18, with a total of 20 officers being infected. The police station will be disinfected, and work will be carried out as usual. The Osaka Prefectural Government believes that a coronavirus cluster broke out at the police station.

    The 12 officers, aged from their 20s to their 60s, work at the station or at koban police boxes. They had not shared any meals, which is a common way the virus is spread, and it is believed the infection spread through the officers working together.

    Osaka Prefectural Police will furlough some 100 police officers who had come in close contact with those who were infected, and will dispatch backup officers so that work at the Neyagawa Station continues seamlessly.

    (Japanese original by Manami Sakakibara, Osaka City News Department)

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