Japan Chief Cabinet Sec. Matsuno Infected with Novel Coronavirus

Politics

Tokyo, July 23 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government said Saturday that Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno was confirmed the same day to be infected with the novel coronavirus.

The top government spokesman is currently resting at home, and his duties, such as daily press conferences, will be performed by officials including Seiji Kihara and Yoshihiko Isozaki, both deputy chief cabinet secretaries, for the time being, according to government officials.

It remains to be seen when Matsuno will be back to work.

After developing a fever Friday afternoon, Matsuno took a polymerase chain reaction test on Saturday. The PCR test showed a positive result. None at the prime minister's office have had close contact with Matsuno.

Matsuno, a member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, is the 102nd lawmaker in Japan to have been infected with the virus.

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