Sports teams see virus clusters as cases in Tokyo, Osaka remain high

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Sports teams see virus clusters as cases in Tokyo, Osaka remain high

Tokyo confirmed an additional 188 coronavirus infections on Tuesday, the metropolitan government said, bringing its cumulative total to over 16,250.

 
TOKYO, August 12, 2020: Coronavirus cluster infections have been reported in sports teams at a western Japan high school and a university in Tokyo, as the capital and other urban areas continue to report high numbers of new cases.
A cluster outbreak, in which at least 10 people have tested positive for the virus, is suspected to have occurred among Nihon University swimming club members in Tokyo, sources close to the matter said Tuesday.
Around 70 members and related individuals underwent polymerase chain reaction tests after a male member staying in a dorm in the capital was discovered to be infected on Aug. 1. None are in serious condition.
The club has halted its activities and cancelled a competition against Chuo University originally scheduled for August 27.
Leukemia-battling swimmer Rikako Ikee, a second-year student of the university considered a contender for multiple medals at the now-postponed 2020 Tokyo Olympics, belongs to the club but trains separately from other members.
In western Japan, 95 people at the coed Rissho Shonan High School in Shimane Prefecture have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in recent days in a cluster outbreak centered on the boys' soccer team, according to local authorities.
Of the total, 88 belong to the school's soccer team in the city of Matsue and 82 of them live in the same dormitory. The team has played matches outside the prefecture since late July, fueling concern about a wider spread of the virus.
On Tuesday, 699 new infections were reported across Japan a day after the cumulative total topped 50,000, increasing by 10,000 in just one week, as Tokyo, Osaka and other large cities continued to see high levels of infection since the central government fully lifted the nationwide state of emergency in late May.
Tokyo confirmed an additional 188 coronavirus infections on Tuesday, the metropolitan government said, bringing its cumulative total to over 16,250.
The pace of daily increase in the capital compared with 197 the previous day and 331 on Sunday.