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Mayor Igarashi's comment on the test results of the close contacts of a COVID-19 patient (following Mar 24th announcement from the prefecture)

March 24, 2020 11:09 PM | Others

Tonight at 8 p.m, Dr. Koba, Director of the Health and Welfare Department of the Ibaraki Prefectural government held a conference. As for the close contacts of the hospitalized patients who were found positive yesterday, his wife, daughter and their housekeeper were confirmed positive. Two nurses who were nursing him were found negative, and test results for the remaining close contacts (medical workers) are being awaited.

In addition, another positive case of a man living in Tsukuba was also announced. He is a dance teacher in his forties and has traveled to Italy from January 20th to February 1st. And it was found that this instructor gave dance lessons to the fifth patient (in the prefecture) who were later found positive while in bed at the Tsukuba Memorial Hospital, as well as to his wife. While awaiting the results of the remaining medical professionals (close contacts of the fifth patient), the next step is to conduct a survey on the dance teacher's close contacts. If any of the aforementioned close contacts is tested positive, further investigation will take place to identify their close contacts and test those identified.

I believe many people are feeling anxious as the number of positive cases has been on the rise, yet at this stage we still know, to some extent, the infection route within the city. Furthermore, 80% of infected cases all over the world are mild, and the important thing is to prevent patients from becoming more severe. To do so, we need to protect our medical environment so that severely ill persons can receive a treatment without causing an explosive spread of the disease. One of the objectives of the city's decision last month to accept students during the school shutdown was precisely to secure such environment.

As indicated by the country's expert panel on the Coronavirus disease control, I once again urge people to refrain from joining, or creating a situation where three conditions of "confined, dense, and utterance" happen at the same time, to continue to maintain calm and to cooperate us in preventing the disease from spreading.

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