A Japanese cabinet minister has become the first person to contract the virus

2022-05-25 0 By

Beijing, April 2 (Xinhua) –The Cabinet Office said Thursday that Seiko Noda, minister in charge of children’s policy, has been confirmed to have contracted novel coronavirus, the first confirmed case of COVID-19 among a sitting cabinet member.Noda had a low-grade fever that morning and tested positive for antigens, according to the Cabinet Office.She then went to a medical facility in Tokyo for nucleic acid tests to confirm the infection.She has no close contact with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and other cabinet members and will stay at home at least until Monday.Seiko Noda delivers a campaign speech at the Headquarters of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) on September 17, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.Xinhua (Photo by Yoshikazu Tsuano) Noda is in charge of setting up a new agency on children’s policy.Takeshi Takagi, chairman of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s parliamentary committee, said discussion of the bill will begin after she recovers.Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike warned that the novel coronavirus strain ba.2, a more infectious variant, had rapidly become the mainstream of new confirmed cases in the region.The Tokyo metropolitan government said suspected cases of the BA.2 subtype accounted for about 52% of new confirmed cases in the region in the week ending March 21.Tokyo had 7,982 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on April 1, up about 700 from a week earlier.Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiroichi Matano said Monday that the daily cap will be increased to about 10,000 from the current 7,000 from April 10 to cope with growing demand from returning citizens and foreign tourists.(liu jiang)