Japan prime minister tests positive for COVID, isolates

AP , Sunday 21 Aug 2022

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has been diagnosed with the coronavirus Sunday and canceled his planned travels while he isolates and recuperates.

Fumio Kishida
This file photo taken on February 17, 2022 shows Japan s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaking at a press conference to update the country about the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic and certain border restrictions. AFP


Kishida developed a slight fever and cough late Saturday and tested positive in a COVID-19 PCR test, said Noriyuki Shikata, the cabinet secretary for public affairs at the prime minister's office.

``Prime Minister Kishida is isolated inside his residence,'' he told The Associated Press on Sunday.

The 65-year-old prime minister was on summer vacation last week and was scheduled to return to work Monday. It's not clear where or how he was infected.

Kishida won't go in person to a conference on African development later this month in Tunisia but will participate online. He also postponed his trip to the Middle East.

Cases of coronavirus infections have been surging recently in Japan, although most people, including Kishida, have been vaccinated.

Other world leaders including US President Joe Biden have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and recovered.

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