8 babies in Tokyo test positive for COVID-19

8 babies in Tokyo test positive for COVID-19

Tokyo / pxfuel

[Newsphopick=Hani Na] A Japanese care home for infants said on Wednesday it has found eight cases of coronavirus infection among its children.

One staff member tested positive for the virus on April 16, and tests were subsequently conducted on its 29 children, a spokeswoman at Saiseikai Central Hospital, which runs the institution, said.

None of the eight children were showing major symptoms such as fever, but they had been hospitalised, she said.

The remaining 21 infants in the orphanage have tested negative. They returned to the facility after it underwent deep cleaning, the hospital said.

Japan has had more than 11,500 coronavirus infections and nearly 300 deaths.

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