Worker at Narita airport accidentally drops coronavirus reagent, contaminates whole room
soranews24.com -- Mar 21
The quarantine station at Narita airport has been temporarily closed, as one of the airport workers accidentally dropped a glass tube containing a coronavirus reagent. Reports say that the worker dropped the tube earlier this month, contaminating the whole room.

Members of staff who had been working in the room were all tested for the coronavirus, and two of them appeared to test positive. But on further investigation, it was discovered that they were in fact not infected, but the reagent had just got stuck to the inside of their nose, and they were discharged from hospital. While you can’t actually catch the coronavirus from reagents, people who have come into contact with them may appear to test positive, so the quarantine station has been shut down to avoid any more inaccurate test results.

The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare commented “We are in the process of removing the reagents. We will work to improve our safety management in the future.”

成田空港の検疫所で新型コロナウイルスの検査試薬が入った容器が破損して検査室が汚染されたため、検査ができない状態になっていることが分かりました。  厚生労働省によりますと、成田空港の検疫所で11日に新型コロナウイルスの感染を調べるPCR検査をしていたところ、職員が試薬の入った容器を誤って床に落として破損しました。陽性の場合に反応する試薬が室内に漏れて正確な検査ができない状態になったため、成田空港の検疫所は現在、検査を停止して消毒作業が行われています。復旧のめどは立っておらず、国立感染症研究所や他の検疫所で検査をカバーしているということです。また、当時、作業をしていた職員7人のうち2人に試薬が付着しましたが、感染はしませんでした。
News sources: soranews24.com, ANNnewsCH
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