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60 patients infected with coronavirus in Toyama, largest cluster found at facilities for the disabled

The social welfare corporation ‘Imizu Fukushi Kai’, which runs Imizu-en, a facility for those with mental disabilities in Toyama Prefecture's Imizu City where a cluster of the new coronavirus has emerged, announced on the 23rd that a total of 60 users and employees had been infected in one day.

From The Mainichi Shimbun

May 23 2021

TOYAMA – The social welfare corporation ‘Imizu Fukushi Kai’, which runs Imizu-en, a facility for those with intellectual disabilities in Toyama Prefecture’s Imizu City where a cluster of the new coronavirus has emerged, announced on the 23rd that a total of 60 users and employees had been infected in one day.

Under the guidance of the prefectural government and other authorities, efforts have been made to prevent the spread of the infection, but due to the nature of the facility, it has been difficult to ensure thoroughness, and the cluster is the largest in the prefecture. In addition, the number of people newly found to be infected in the prefecture on that day rose to 64, the highest number ever for a single day.

According to the association, 193 people with intellectual disabilities attend or are admitted to the facility, and 116 employees work there. 5 users were found to be infected between 17th and 19th, 126 users and employees were tested on 20th, and by 21st, 11 employees and 9 users were also found to be infected. On the same day, 149 more patients were tested, and on the 22nd, 35 more were found to be positive.

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