A visitor wearing a face mask, amid concerns over the spread of Covid, visits the Japan Olympic Museum in Tokyo on Feb 26, TOKYO Reuters : A woman working as a tour bus guide in Japan tested positive for Covid for a second time, Osaka's prefectural government said on Wednesday Feb 26 , the first person in the country to be reinfected amid growing concerns about the spread of the infection. The second positive test comes as the number of confirmed cases in Japan rose to by Thursday from around the day before. Tokyo has urged big gatherings and sports events be scrapped or curtailed for two weeks to contain the virus while pledging that the Olympic Games will still go ahead in the city. The cases reported by Japan's health ministry are separate from reported from an outbreak on a cruise liner that was quarantined off Tokyo earlier this month. A total of seven people have died, including four from the ship. The woman, a resident of Osaka in western Japan, tested positive on Wednesday after developing a sore throat and chest pain, the prefectural government said in a statement, describing her as being in her 40s. She first tested positive in late January and was discharged from the hospital after recovering on Feb 1, according to the statement.
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Passengers on the Diamond Princess on Feb. Philip and Gay Courter. By Motoko Rich. While the guests on board were unnerved, it was the final night of their two-week luxury cruise aboard the Diamond Princess. Passengers dined on filet mignon, attended shows in the seat theater and crowded the bars and dance floors into the night. Cruise directors hastily distributed a slate of activities, including Ping-Pong, karaoke and Bollywood dance lessons, to occupy guests who would have to remain on the ship another day while public health officials screened them for symptoms. Hoping to soak up the final hours of their romantic voyage, Tyler and Rachel Torres, newlyweds from Irving, Texas, took in a performance by a torch singer that evening. Torres, 24, an occupational therapist. As the music played on, passengers were potentially exposed to the virus. In all, it took Japanese officials more than 72 hours to impose a lockdown after they were first notified about the case connected to the ship.
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The Japanese school year ends in March, with spring vacation usually starting the last week of the month. Her case, the first known of in Japan, highlighted how much is still unknown about the virus even as concerns grow about its global spread. The number of cases in Japan rose on Thursday to more than , up from the official tally of late on Wednesday.
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