Three Japanese pro baseball players from the Hanshin Tigers team have tested positive for coronavirus.
Players Shintaro Fujinami, Hayata Ito, and Kenya Nagasaki tested positive on March 26, according to a statement released by the Hashin Tigers on Friday.
“We are currently investigating who came into close contact with the three (infected) people,” said the statement. “We will proceed to investigate in cooperation with public health centers, bearing in mind the safety of stakeholders and their families first.”
The players were first suspected to have the virus after they complained of being unable to smell the scent of food and taste it, according to NHK, Japan’s public broadcaster.
The baseball team has disinfected its stadiums and requested players and staff to stay at home for one week starting Thursday.
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