05/13/2020, 10.09
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Coronavirus: Japanese sumo wrestler dies. He was 28 years old

Shobushi is the first athlete of the popular Japanese sport to die from the disease. All meetings suspended until July. The rate of contagion is decreasing, but hospitalizations are growing. Ban on entering the country extended to 13 states.

Tokyo (AsiaNews / Agencies) - A 28-year-old sumo wrestler died this morning from complications due to the coronavirus. Shobushi (whose real name is Kiyotaka Suetake) is the first athlete of the popular Japanese sport to die from the lung infection; according to the authorities, he is also the first victim under 30.

Shobushi tested positive for Covid-19 on April 10, and his condition worsened after about ten days of his hospitalization. As a precaution, all sumo matches have been suspended until at least July.

The rate of infection is falling in the country. To date, there are 15892 cases of infection, with 71 new infected registered in the last 24 hours. However, the number of inpatients grew by 1000, bringing the total to 9823. The deaths are 671 (17 more than yesterday).

To prevent foreign infections, yesterday the government extended the ban on entering the country to 13 other (mostly South American) nations, bringing the total to 100. The closure applies to those who have spent the last two weeks in these states. before his arrival in Japan.

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