Seven NJPW Talents Test Positive For COVID-19

The company has released a statement on the matter

An apparent outbreak of COVID-19 has plagued New Japan Pro Wrestling, resulting in seven unnamed wrestlers testing positive for the virus.

Two wrestlers recorded a high fever on May 4, between night one and night two of Wrestling Dontaku. The two wrestlers later tested positive for COVID-19.

Following further tests for the roster, five others have joined them in testing positive.

New Japan released the statement below on the matter:


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 ask for your understanding.

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