NJPW reports seven additional COVID-19 cases following testing

NJPW has reported seven additional positive COVID-19 cases among its roster after a round of testing.

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NJPW has reported seven additional positive COVID-19 cases among its roster after a round of testing.

Earlier this week, the company released information that two wrestlers had tested positive. This occurred after several wrestlers had been pulled from Tuesday’s Wrestling Dontaku card in Fukuoka for COVID protocols. For all positive cases, they have not identified the performers by name.

New Japan held PCR testing for the roster earlier this week and revealed the outcome on its website:

As a result of PCR testing conducted across the roster following the May 4 Wrestling Dontaku event in Fukuoka, New Japan Pro-Wrestling has learned of seven positive tests for COVID-19.

As previously reported, two wrestlers who presented with a fever on the day of the May 4 event were immediately tested in accordance with COVID protocols, with the tests returning positive.

In light of this news, all those who had close contact with the infected parties, in addition to every wrestler on the roster, received PCR tests, with a further seven wrestlers testing positive.

All those who tested positive are experiencing mild symptoms or are asymptomatic. According to protocols and under medical advice, all are isolating and receiving appropriate treatment.

New Japan Pro-Wrestling has a strictly implemented COVID-19 policy drawn up under expert advice and guidance. This includes daily temperature and blood oxygen saturation checks, as well as regular PCR testing. All attendees are temperature screened on entry to venues, masks are required during training and backstage, and packaged food is provided in order to limit unnecessary movement outside. However, we take these developments extremely seriously, and are working to further strengthen our COVID-19 countermeasures in future.

NJPW deeply apologizes for the concern caused to fans and personnel and asks for your understanding.

After Japan’s state of emergency was extended through the end of May, NJPW announced that its two Wrestle Grand Slam shows set for Yokohama Stadium and the Tokyo Dome this month, have been postponed with new dates pending.

Its next major event is Dominion, which is still scheduled for Sunday, June 6th in Osaka.

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