Eight babies and toddlers catch coronavirus at Tokyo care centre

TOKYO: Eight babies and toddlers at a Tokyo care centre have tested positive for the coronavirus after a staff member contracted the disease, its operator said on Wednesday (Apr 22)

Tokyo Saiseikai Central Hospital, which operates the facility, said the affected children had been hospitalised, while another 21 tested negative and were under observation.

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The facility is for orphans or children separated from their parents because of possible abuse or neglect. Japan relies on institutional care for the majority of children who cannot live with their parents for such reasons.

A staff member tested positive for the virus on Apr 16, prompting tests for all the children, the hospital said in a brief statement, without disclosing further details.

Tests are being carried out on 46 staff members who are self-isolating at home.

The children who tested positive were not experiencing high fever, local media said.

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