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Japan’s parliament reports 1st COVID-19 infection

TOKYO, Sept. 18 : Japan’s lower house of parliament announced on Friday afternoon that a member from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the first lawmaker in the country infected with the coronavirus.

Shuichi Takatori, who had been a special aide of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, developed a fever of more than 37 degrees on Friday morning, which has since subsided, and the results of an antigen test came back positive, said his office. The 59-year-old lawmaker has been admitted to a hospital. He had attended the lower house plenary session on Wednesday, in which Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga was elected, and afterward greeted Abe with LDP Secretary General Toshihiro Nikai.

A four-term lower house member representing a constituency in Niigata Prefecture, Takatori has previously served as senior vice agriculture minister and senior vice minister at the Cabinet Office. (Xinhua)

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