TOKYO (TR) – Kanako Momota, a member of idol group Momoiro Clover Z, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the group’s website said on Thursday.
According to a statement posted on the site, Momota, 27, underwent a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test on Tuesday. She received the positive result the next day.
Momota is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, including a fever and lack of energy, the site added.
“While following the guidance provided by a health center, we will correspond with her family regarding medical treatment and follow-ups,” the site said.
Regarding other members of the group and staff members, the statement added that the group was discussing necessary measures to take with a health center and a medical institution.
“We sincerely apologize for the worry and inconvenience this may cause to our supporters and everyone involved,” the statement said.
Also on Thursday, idol group AKB48 said that a total of 11 members have tested positive for the coronavirus in a recent outbreak.
As of Sunday, eight members had tested positive. The other three positives were confirmed over the next few days.
The latest was 17-year-old Mitsuho Fukutome. She developed a fever on Sunday. She initially tested negative. However, a subsequent PCR test, conducted after her fever did not decrease, gave a positive result on Wednesday.
“Currently, we are waiting for a formal notification from a health center. So we will take appropriate measures under the direction of the center,” the group said in a statement.