According to AKB48‘s official blog, member, Kayoko Takita (23) has just tested positive for COVID-19 on July 19.

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Just 10 days earlier on the 9th, Kayoko Takita reportedly had a fever, which is one of the most common symptoms of the virus.

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The agency explained that although her temperature went up to 99 degrees, she recovered to a normal temperature a day later, so she simply practiced social distancing measures.

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But following addition symptoms including dulled senses in taste and smell, Kayoko Takita got tested for COVID-19 on the 18th and received her positive test results on the following day.

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The agency stressed that Kayoko Takita did not participate in any outside activities since April.

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However, Kayoko Takita did make contact with Makiho Tatsuya on the 2nd, and although she shows no symptoms, the agency expressed that she will be getting tested.

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As for the other members and staff, due to the belief that they had no contact with Kayoko Takita, the other members’ activities will proceed as originally planned.

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AKB48 is a popular Japanese idol group consisting of 107 active members.