2 pupils at west Japan school test positive after teacher with COVID comes to work


mainichi– Two pupils at an elementary school in this west Japan city have been infected with the coronavirus after their teacher tested positive for the virus but came to work without disclosing the results, the municipal board of education announced on Sept. 3.

Of the two students at the municipal elementary school, one has mild COVID-19 symptoms, while the other has shown no symptoms. The teacher and pupils have all been recuperating at home. The route of infection is unknown.

According to the Amagasaki Municipal Board of Education, the teacher had a fever of 38.8 degrees Celsius on Aug. 25, and was examined at a medical institution. Though they had a positive antigen test, they did not inform the school of this. The teacher went to work on Aug. 30 and taught lessons to 33 pupils in their homeroom class. On the evening of the same day, the local public health center contacted the education board, and it was revealed that the teacher had been concealing their infection. The education board had temporarily closed the school and conducted polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests on 38 people including the class’s students and other teachers who had been in close contact.

The teacher reportedly explained that they decided they could come to work because their condition had improved. The education board is set to hold a meeting for parents on Sept. 6 and resume classes the following day.