Lotte Marines report 11 new coronavirus cases among players, staff

Japan Today -- Oct 07
The Lotte Marines announced Tuesday a total 11 top-team players and staff have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, but the club's Pacific League game against the Orix Buffaloes went ahead as planned.

The club said that four outfielders and three infielders have been infected with the virus, as well as four non-playing staff, bringing the total number of recent infections at the club to 13 after it was revealed on Sunday that right-hander Daiki Iwashita and a staff member had tested positive.

According to Nippon Professional Baseball, Lotte's decision to go ahead with Tuesday's game was based on a recommendation from the local health office that said calling off the game would not be necessary.

The Marines said not a single member of the team dined out last week while in Sapporo for a three-game series against the Nippon Ham Fighters. Four players were deemed to have been in close contact with Iwashita by virtue of having sat near him on Thursday's flight back from Hokkaido.

No one in the club had tested positive during their last regularly scheduled tests, taken on Sept. 26.

"This occurred while we were undertaking the latest countermeasures," Marines manager Tadahito Iguchi said.

The seven newest players to be infected include Takashi Ogino, Katsuya Kakunaka and Ikuhiro Kiyota. Marines coach Shota Ishimine and three first-team staff members were also listed among the new cases.

- Japan Today