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Virus cluster at elderly care facility in Osaka Pref. infects 61, claims 14 lives

This supplied electron micrograph shows the new coronavirus that was first identified in central China's Wuhan city. (Photo courtesy of Japan's National Institute of Infectious Diseases)

OSAKA -- A coronavirus cluster at a facility for the elderly in the Osaka Prefecture city of Kadoma in mid-April led to the infections of 61 staff and residents, 14 of whom died, the Mainichi Shimbun has learned.

    The 14 deceased residents accounted for nearly a third of the facility's designated capacity of 44. According to the facility, the dead included a resident who had been recuperating at the facility while it had not been settled what hospital would take them in.

    According to the Kadoma Municipal Government, the 61 people confirmed infected as of May 6 comprised 39 residents and 22 staff members.

    The facility announced on its website that two residents developed fevers on April 11, and PCR tests showed they had contracted the coronavirus. When PCR tests were conducted on all residents and staff on April 13, 48 more infections were confirmed, and the number of infections continued to increase. On April 21, the health of a person whose hospital had not been decided took a sudden turn for the worse, and they died at a medical facility they were rushed to.

    (Japanese original by Masaki Takahashi, Osaka City News Department)

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