Japanese PM Kishida tests positive for COVID-19
Updated 17:52, 21-Aug-2022

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has tested positive for COVID-19 and is recuperating at his official residence, his office said on Sunday.

They said Kishida had slight symptoms on Saturday and took a PCR test on Sunday morning, which confirmed the positive result in the afternoon.

Kishida, who just returned from week-long vacation, was due to restart work on Monday.

Amid the seventh wave of COVID-19 infections, the country reported 1,395,301 cases in the week from August 8 to 14, the highest weekly number of new cases in the world for the fourth week in a row, according to the World Health Organization.

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