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Japan’s Kishida tested positive for COVID before making a public announcement

Japanese leader will not be visiting Tunisia, Kuwait, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates.

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After testing positive for COVID-19, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida decided to postpone trips to the Middle East and Africa.

Noriyuki Shikata, the cabinet secretary for public affairs at the prime minister’s office, said that Kishida is isolating after experiencing a minor fever and cough late on Saturday. A PCR test revealed that he had the coronavirus, and he is currently being kept in isolation.

Shikata stated to The Associated Press on Sunday that Prime Minister Kishida was segregated inside of his home.

The 65-year-old prime leader was supposed to start working again on Monday after taking a week off.

Later this month in Tunisia, a symposium on African development will no longer be attended in person by Kishida; instead, he will take part online. He also cancelled a tour of the Middle East that was slated to visit Kuwait, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates.

Despite the fact that the majority of the population has received the vaccine, Japan has just seen its highest spike in COVID cases yet.

In light of criticism of its ties to the Unification Church and its handling of the pandemic, Kishida has decided to postpone his engagements abroad.

Since the man suspected of killing former prime minister Shinzo Abe claimed that the religious organization had forced his mother into bankruptcy, the relationship between the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and the church, which was established in South Korea in the 1950s, has come under scrutiny.

In a study conducted over the weekend by the Mainichi Shimbun newspaper, 36 percent of participants indicated they were satisfied with Kishida’s performance, down from 52 percent a month earlier.

In an effort to increase his popularity, Kishida reorganized his cabinet earlier this month, getting rid of certain members who had connections to the church.