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COVID-19 patient vanishes in suspected escape from 6th floor of Osaka hotel

This aerial photo taken from a Mainichi Shimbun helicopter shows Osaka Castle and high-rise buildings in the city of Osaka. (Mainichi/Tadashi Kako)

OSAKA -- A man who was infected with the coronavirus and had been recuperating at a hotel in this city has disappeared from his sixth-floor room, the Osaka Prefectural Government announced on June 23.

    Public health center workers are looking for the man in his 20s, who apparently forcibly opened a hotel window and escaped.

    According to the prefectural government, the man checked in at the hotel in Osaka's Kita Ward on the evening of June 19, and was staying in his room on the sixth floor. Though a nurse called him on the morning of June 22 for health management, he did not pick up the phone. They realized he had disappeared when they checked his room.

    The window stopper was destroyed so that the window could fully open, and there were footwear marks on a ledge outside the window. Though security guards had been placed at locations including the front entrance and back doors, they apparently did not notice anything suspicious.

    An official at the prefectural government said, "As the infection risk will rise if he walks among crowds, we want to find him soon."

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

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