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2 more health ministry staffers test positive (total now 29) after Ginza party

TOKYO (TR) – The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has revealed that two more staff members have tested positive for the novel coronavirus after a farewell party held last month, reports TBS News (April 22).

The two additional positive tests brings the total to 29, the ministry said on Thursday.

It can be called a cluster,” the National Institute of Infectious Diseases said previously.

On March 24, a total of 23 staff members from a ministry health and welfare bureau for the elderly gathered at an izakaya restaurant in Ginza for the party.

Despite a government request that bars and restaurants close by 9:00 p.m., some staff members remained until just before midnight.

Since that day, infections have been found one after another within members of the bureau.