Published: Thu, February 27, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Coronavirus: Japanese woman tests positive for second time

Coronavirus: Japanese woman tests positive for second time

In Japan, a Osaka woman who was treated and recovered from COVID-19 has apparently been reinfected, according to a NHK World-Japan report.

The Japanese faculty yr ends in March and resumes in April, after a break.

Cases of installation - particularly high levels of infection on a yacht - has fueled concerns about Japan's quarantine practices. As of now, seven people have lost their lives due to the coronavirus, including four from the cruise ship.

Although the reported case is a first for Japan, in China there have been similar cases reported in the media. The outbreak has spread rapidly and widely, infecting about 80,000 people globally and killing almost 2,800, the vast majority in mainland China.

But on February 21, she returned to the doctor because of a sore throat and chest pain - and tested positive again on Wednesday, according to AFP.

The 40-year-old was working on a tour bus with visitors from Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak, in January.

Health Minister Katsunobu Kato has informed Japan's central government of the need to review previous patient lists while monitoring the conditions of people who have been discharged from hospitals and monitor the condition of those previously discharged, according to Reuters.

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"Once you have the infection, it could remain dormant and with minimal symptoms, and then you can get an exacerbation if it finds its way into the lungs", Philip Tierno Jr., Professor of Microbiology and Pathology at NYU School of Medicine told Reuters.

Prefectural officials believe that either viruses that remained in the woman multiplied, or the woman was re-infected.

"I'm not certain that this is not bi-phasic, like anthrax", he said, meaning the illness might recur after appearing to go away.

Japan has changed its strategy in combating the contagion, seeking to slow its spread and minimise the number of deaths. This is excluding the 705 cases from the Diamond Princess that is docked in Yokohoma. An official could not immediately confirm the total number of crew on board the ship.

Apart from that, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told the press today that the government is also considering to scale down this year's March 11 memorial ceremony, an event held to remember the victims of 2011's massive natural disaster and tsunami.

Within the non-public sector, Japan's greatest buying and selling agency, Mitsubishi Corp, stated it was telling all of its 3,800 workers within the nation to earn a living from home for 2 weeks beginning Friday, whereas a serious Japanese financial institution reported an worker had examined constructive for coronavirus.

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