Schools in Osaka and Hokkaido have also been closed due to the outbreak.
The case is the first time a patient apparently cleared of the virus has subsequently tested positive for it, a local official in Osaka said.After being discharged from hospital she tested negative for the virus on Feb 6, although she still had a cough at the time.
At least 186 people in Japan have so far contracted the virus, with four deaths in the country linked to the outbreak.The city of Osaka also said it will close its kindergartens, elementary and junior high schools from Saturday for two weeks, according to public broadcaster NHK.
The government has come under pressure for a relatively hands-off approach to the virus, but on Thursday the Osaka prefectural government said it would expand screening of patients to a broader group than currently stipulated by central guidelines.
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