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31% of nightlife, restaurant workers in Shinjuku tested were positive

first_imgThe highest rate of positive PCR tests by type of work was 31% for people in the bar and restaurant industry, which includes such nightlife businesses as host and hostess clubs, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.The data came from PCR tests for the novel coronavirus administered in June by Shinjuku Ward in Tokyo.The Shinjuku Ward Office commissioned medical institutions to conduct tests on people in the ward and the 31% rate was about eight times higher than the 4% for company employees, showing the high risk of infection in the nightlife industry. “It is possible that hosts were infected through shared living arrangements,” Shinjuku Ward Mayor Kenichi Yoshizumi said.The ward government will conduct research on the routes of the infections. In addition to public health centers, PCR tests are available at a location within the National Center for Global Health and Medicine set up by the center and the ward’s medical society. According to the ward, of the 1,266 people who underwent tests at this location in June, 226, or 18%, tested positive.The restaurant industry had 133 out of 429 people (31%) test positive. Most of them worked in hospitality such as host and hostess clubs. This was followed by the category that included the unemployed and part-time workers at 24%, while those of students and of company employees marked 4% each. For those whose job status was unknown, the rate was 16%.Infections were reported at about 30 out of about 240 host clubs scattered throughout the Kabukicho nighttime entertainment district. More than 10 of them saw group infections of at least five people. center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Europe can fight virus without lockdowns: WHO

first_imgEurope has seen a steady rise in the number of cases for the past two months, he said.In the first week of August, 40,000 more cases were reported than in the first week of June when cases were at their lowest.”But we are not in February, we can manage the virus differently now than we did when COVID-19 first emerged,” Kluge said.In addition to calling for good hand hygiene, social distancing measures and national testing and tracing programs, the WHO recommended that additional measures be adopted locally when clusters arise.  Europe can combat the new coronavirus without full lockdowns now that authorities are better prepared and have gained knowledge about how to fight it in recent months, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.”With the basic nationwide and additional targeted measures, we are in a much better position to stamp out these localized virus flare-ups,” the head of the WHO’s European branch, Hans Kluge, told reporters.”We can manage the virus and keep the economy running and an education system in operation,” he added.  Topics :center_img On average, 26,000 new cases are being reported everyday in Europe, according to the WHO. Young people, who tend to experience milder symptoms and lower mortality rates, account for a growing share of cases.However, Kluge stressed the importance of reopening schools as countries gradually return to normal, noting the negative consequences that school closures have had on children.The WHO’s European region, which covers 55 countries, has registered almost four million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 215,000 deaths linked to the virus, according to the organization.last_img read more

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