Tokyo health officials ask over 800 theatergoers to get tested for coronavirus


Tokyo health officials appealed on Tuesday for more than 800 theatergoers to get tested for the coronavirus after a production starring Japanese boy-band members was found to be the source of at least 20 cases.

As the number of virus infections continues to rise in Japan's capital city, the Tokyo government said it was focussing on a 190-seat theater in the Shinjuku entertainment district, where infections have also been traced to cabaret clubs.

Japan is pushing ahead with opening up parts of the country, with plans to reopen a runway at one of the country's biggest airports, even as infections persist in major cities, rural areas and U.S. military bases.

The latest cluster has been traced to Theatre Moliere, near Tokyo's red-light district, which staged a play for six days starring mainly up-and-coming boy-band members earlier this month.

The Tokyo government said it learned of the first infection among a cast member on July 6, after which testing found 20 related cases by late Monday. It called on all audience members who attended the performance to get tested.

The producers of the play, "Werewolf", released a statement on Monday also asking audience members to seek health advice.

"Following a large number of infections seen among our spectators, we have been informed that all 800 spectators who came to see the performance have been identified as high-risk contacts," Rise Communications said on its website.

As Tokyo struggles to contain virus infections, travel routes to and from the city continue to open up. Narita International Airport, one of the two main airports serving the capital, is planning to re-open its second runway ahead of a public holiday next week, public broadcaster NHK reported.

Tokyo reported 119 new cases of coronavirus infections on Monday following a four-day run when the daily tally exceeded 200. Overall, Japan has reported around 23,000 infections, and nearly 1,000 related deaths.

© Thomson Reuters 2020.

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Ask? Is that an Urge?

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well I wasn't one of them.

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Is have and urge to ask the same.

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Both of us have been here long enough to get a nonsensical urge, it's a local thing. I urge you to cease and desist your urge!

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What a promotional campaign!

Come see some up and coming boy bands sing and dance.

You might catch a free virus.

Make sure you have fun at the show.

Don’t forget to get checked up after you see it.

It’s possible you will catch the worldwide pandemic virus of 2020.

See you there!

11 ( +12 / -1 )

Hard to comprehend the foolishness that led to this situation.

Putting the whole country at risk, and for what?

11 ( +11 / -0 )

But...but it is not a host or hostess club, so according to government the virus doesn’t exist outside of thosr places, and events are perfectly safe for even 5000 people to attend in close quarters in doors

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What, the Japanese Government cannot see what is about to happen? This is truly unbelievable.

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If we get an explosive outbreak all because of a boy band musical.....I'm not going to be happy with that.

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That's not the only thing they should be testing when people go to see members of a boy-band.

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Abe, Koike get your heads out of your asses, you money-grabbing, power-hungry dolts! Close down entertainment centers and ORDER a stay at home directive! Make it law and have the police do something useful for a change. Movement from home to office and back only if telework is out of the question. The second wave is coming and this stupid theatrical performance is likely to be epicenter.

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If urged by the government, does the government pay for the test?

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Wish they'd do same at all schools - my 11 year old daughter returned to her japanese school about a month aqo, at first they held classes with 15 kids, now it's up to 30, seems too many in one room to me, elder daughter began 1st year at Japanese high school, they divided up her class to 15 students per and keep the windows open, son at Waseda studies online only attends once a month.

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Combine this with the new Go To campaign. Should called To Corna campaign.

Seems like they are asking for a major spike in Corona.

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Wait a minute! Maybe, just maybe Abe thinks people are immune to corona if they’re wearing a mask?

Everywhere I go it seems to be the general way of thinking. I can’t believe how many people dare to pinch my 1 year olds’ cheeks just because she’s “kawaii“. It drives me nuts. If I say something, I’m considered very rude.

Social distancing is reserved for lineups, and even the coronavirus propaganda signs in the public bus say of you need to sneeze or caught, please do so in a tissue or behind your mask.....

is that enough? Would you be happy if someone starts sneezing and causing in your face as long as they’re wearing a mask? Is it Okay to caught all over a tissue, shove it into your pocket, then share the handrail with me?!?!?

Get real japan, help your people fight this!!!!

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I don't understand the logic of going to an enclosed indoor theater with lots of people sitting together for hours, just because the govt. gives it the green light.

It seems like the absolute worse place to be, at this time.

I'm all for re-opening of things, but this seems nonsensical.

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Are they paying for the tests?

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