On February 8th, the NSK held a mass PCR test for all its workforce, including rikishi, oyakata and support staff, excluding those who already tested positive following the hana-zumo events at the end of January.
The results came in today, with an unprecedented number of people infected.
- Shimanoumi, Shiden, Churanoumi (Kise)
- Chiyonokuni (Kokonoe)
- Takarafuji (Isegahama)
- Shodai (Tokitsukaze)
- Kiribayama (Michinoku)
- Akua, Meisei (Tatsunami)
Total – 9 sekitori in this round of tests.
- Michinoku, Urakaze (Michinoku)
- Kabutoyama (Isenoumi)
- Onogawa, Katsunoura (Isenoumi)
- Ajigawa, Tateyama (Isegahama)
Total – 11 oyakata in this round of tests
The NSK did not give the names of rikishi in lower divisions who were infected. But they did inform us that in total, including the previous tests, the number of members infected since the end of Hatsu basho is 252.
Yes, that’s two hundred and fifty two.
The press informs us that none of those who tested positive is showing severe symptoms. We hope it stays this way, and that all of them recover quickly and fully.