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.
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.