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Ayumi Hamazaki performance cancelled after performer tests positive for coronavirus

TOKYO (TR) – Pop singer Ayumi Hamazaki has cancelled her New Year’s Eve performance after a performer in her group tested positive for the novel coronavirus, her agency said on Tuesday.

On Monday, the performer began experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, according to the site of label and management agency Avex.

Ayumi Hamazaki

A subsequent polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test gave a positive result. Hamazaki, 42, was then deemed to have been a close contact of the performer.

Hamazaki was also given a PCR test. The agency is now awaiting the result.

Hamazaki had been scheduled to perform on the online event “Ayumi Hamazaki Countdown Live 2020-2021” on December 31.

“We sincerely apologize for having to cancel the live broadcast,” the agency said.

Update: Hamazaki tested negative, her agency said on Wednesday.