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People queue to see the Tokyo 2020 Olympic flame on display outside the railway station in Hanamaki, Iwate prefecture on March 22, 2020. The flame arrived in Japan to a scaled-down welcoming ceremony on March 20 as doubts grow over whether the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will go ahead on schedule. Photo: Philip FONG/AFP

Nurses among 14 COVID-19 cases at medical centre in Japan

Two nurses at a medical centre in Japan’s Oita prefecture have tested positive to COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases at the facility to 14, Kyodo newswire says.

The nurses who work at the Oita Medical Centre, one in her 20s and another in her 50s, were confirmed to be infected with the coronavirus on Sunday although they showed only mild symptoms, Kyodo said.

The new cases follow 12 others confirmed at the medical centre, including nurses and doctors.

The southwestern prefecture is conducting virus tests for about 600 staff and patients who are or were hospitalised, the newswire said, with the view that they may be linked to a cluster.

Japan has recorded 1055 cases of domestically transmitted cases of coronavirus as of Sunday, up 40 from the previous day, according to public broadcaster NHK. The number passed the 1,000 milestone on Saturday as the nation battles to avoid a health crisis ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.

The official national tally does not include the 712 cases of infections from a cruise ship moored near Tokyo last month.

Kyodo also reported on Sunday that Osaka confirmed that a man in his 70s with coronavirus has died, the second death in the western prefecture.

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