Japan sees 1st 2019-nCov case not linked to recent travel to China

Kyodo News

Posted at Jan 28 2020 06:08 PM

A woman wearing a mask stands in front of a crosswalk at a shopping district in Tokyo, Japan, January 28, 2020. Kim Kyung-Hoon, Reuters

TOKYO - The government on Tuesday confirmed two more cases in Japan of the new coronavirus, including a tour bus driver who has never been to the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where the outbreak of the deadly virus began in a seafood and poultry market.

The findings bring the total number of confirmed infections in Japan to six.

The bus driver in his 60s drove two groups of Chinese tourists from Wuhan earlier this month, the Japanese health ministry said.

The driver from Nara Prefecture, western Japan, was diagnosed with pneumonia on Saturday and has been hospitalized in the prefecture.

The other case newly confirmed is of a man in his 40s from Wuhan who has been in Japan since Jan. 20. He too has developed pneumonia.

The ministry said it is checking the health condition of people who had contact with the two new patients.