A group of 21 people at Japan’s national infection research center attended a farewell party in mid-March, when a state of emergency over the novel coronavirus was still in place in Tokyo and neighboring areas, according to health ministry officials.
“Although measures against infections were appropriately taken, it aroused public mistrust,” health minister Norihisa Tamura told a news conference on Friday, referring to the party at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, news of which came to light late Thursday.
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