The COVID-19 pandemic continues took over the entire world since last year and that includes the pro wrestling world. NJPW had halted a lot of shows last years due to the virus until finally getting back on track. As reported earlier, two NJPW wrestlers tested positive for the virus.
Unfortunately, we have bad news to report as it seems even more NJPW wrestlers have tested positive for the virus. PCR testing was conducted across the entire roster, due to which seven more NJPW wrestlers were found to have contracted the virus.
NJPW took to their website and released a statement regarding the decent testing, noting that everyone who tested positive are experiencing mild symptoms or are asymptomatic. The promotion also stated that they are working to improve their COVID-19 countermeasures.
As a result PCR testing was 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.
We wish whoever tested positive for COVID-19 a speedy recovery and hope they will be able to make their NJPW return soon enough.