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Taxi driver in Tokyo tests positive for coronavirus – NHK

13 Feb 2020
In this picture taken on January 16, 2020, officers work at a health screening station as they observe passengers arriving on a flight from Wuhan, China. (AFP/file)
In this picture taken on January 16, 2020, officers work at a health screening station as they observe passengers arriving on a flight from Wuhan, China. (AFP/file)
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Updated 14 Feb 2020
13 Feb 2020

TOKYO: A taxi driver in Tokyo has tested positive for the coronavirus, NHK public TV reported, marking a further spread of the disease in Japan even as authorities said some passengers aboard a ship quarantined off its coast would finally be allowed to disembark.

The broadcaster, quoting sources, said the health ministry was trying to trace the route of the contagion, adding that the driver said he had carried passengers who appeared to be Chinese.

No further details were immediately available, including word on the condition of the man, who NHK said was in his 70s. The case is likely to raise further concerns about the spread of the flu-like virus given how many people a city taxi driver has likely been in contact with.

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