Japanese tour bus worker who recovered from coronavirus tests positive for it AGAIN

Thursday, February 27, 2020
By Paul Martin

The 40-year-old was first infected after working on bus with tourists from Wuhan
She recovered and left hospital but yesterday tested positive for a second time
Government officials say it is the first known incident of this kind in Japan

27 February 2020

A woman in Japan who recovered from coronavirus and was released from hospital has tested positive again.

The 40-year-old woman, who was initially infected after working on a tour bus with sightseers from Wuhan, tested positive for a second time yesterday.

Government officials say it is the first known incident of this kind in Japan.

The woman was first confirmed as infected with the coronavirus on January 29.

After being discharged from hospital she tested negative for the virus on February 6, although she still had a cough at the time.

She had no symptoms a week later, but returned to the doctor on February 21 complaining of a sore throat and chest pains.

On Wednesday, she tested positive for the coronavirus for a second time, officials in Osaka said.

The driver of the tour bus, which was carrying tourists from the city of Wuhan at the centre of the outbreak, also tested positive for the virus.

Though a first known case for Japan, second positive tests have been reported in China where the disease originated late last year.

At least 186 people in Japan have so far contracted the virus, with three deaths in the country linked to the outbreak.

Almost 700 people have been diagnosed with the virus on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship that was quarantined off Japan, including passengers who were allowed to leave the boat after testing negative, with 45 now showing symptoms.

There have been four deaths linked to the virus from the ship.

The government has come under pressure for a relatively hands-off approach to the virus, but on Thursday the Osaka prefectural government said it would expand screening of patients to a broader group than currently stipulated by central guidelines.

‘We will make sure that people who should be tested, get tested, and will avoid a worst-case scenario by preventing these people from developing symptoms and serious conditions,’ Osaka governor Hirofumi Yoshimura said.

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