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AKB48 member tests positive for coronavirus

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By SoraNews24

AKB48 member Kayoko Takita has been confirmed to have been infected with coronavirus. According to the idol group’s management company, the 23-year-old has been admitted to hospital for treatment.

The announcement was made on Sunday on the group’s official blog, where it was revealed that Takita came down with a fever of 37.2 degrees Celsius on July 9, which returned to normal the following day. The singer voluntarily refrained from going out during this time and avoided contact with others.

After noticing a change in her ability to taste and smell on July 11, Takita received a PCR test on July 18. The following day, she received a positive test result, and after notifying AKB48 management, it was decided that she would be hospitalised from Monday, under advice from the public health center.

Takita’s sense of taste and smell has returned and she is said to be suffering no symptoms such as fever or malaise. However, the management company is taking all necessary precautions to ensure the health of their singer, who has been a member of the group since 2013.

Though Takita had been working remotely from home since April, she did come into contact with another member of the group, 18-year-old Makiho Tatsuya, on July 2. Tatsuya is confirmed to be in good health and reporting no symptoms of the virus, but has been instructed to self-isolate at home.

Management says no other group members or staff have had any physical contact with Takita or Tatsuya within the past month. However, they will be seeking guidance from the public health center on how to proceed and Tatsuya will receive a PCR test if deemed necessary.

AKB48 is arguably the most famous idol group in Japan, with over 100 members spread out over five teams, plus a roster of junior “trainee” members. The group regularly performs at the AKB48 theater in Tokyo’s Akihabara district, where performances are still scheduled to continue despite Takita’s positive test result, as neither she nor Tatsuya have been inside the premises recently.

Source: AKB48 blog via Hachima Kiko 

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They have so many members this was statistically inevitable.

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So she got it, got over it quickly and is now fine. Headline news

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Glad she's OK though.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

I'm surprised her management hasn't deemed having COVID-19 is a means for dismissal, just like having a boyfriend is.

13 ( +13 / -0 )

Noooooooooooo!!  Kay-chan!!!!!!!!   They will have to quarantine the entire galaxy AKB stars now......

2 ( +4 / -2 )

with more than 48 of them, what are the odds?

2 ( +2 / -0 )

I'm surprised her management hasn't deemed having COVID-19 is a means for dismissal, just like having a boyfriend is.

Cash cow.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Let me guess... a new song next week about washing hands from AKB48? They surely will cash in on it.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

No. Much much worse. A new song AND a television appearance of the tearful member apologizing for causing concern and inconvenience to fans played repeatedly on news and variety shows. It's standard here.

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She is lucky she part of the otaku fan's singing crew as an idol or she probably wouldn't be getting first class treatment of corono virus while the ordinary folks like you and I may get lucky to see a doctor showing symptoms of CPP virus. Hope she recovers safety! Once she recovers I like to hear not them sing about wash your hands but the odeal she went through to survive the virus.

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This whole idol thing is exploitative to put it mildly. One gets sick, it can spread to the whole group. I hope she recovers safely but this entire industry itself is just plain sickening.

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