Japanese idol group AKB48's Kayoko Takita tests positive for Covid-19

Takita's sense of taste and smell has returned, and she does not suffer from any symptoms.
Takita's sense of taste and smell has returned, and she does not suffer from any symptoms.PHOTO: KAYOKO TAKITA/FACEBOOK

Kayoko Takita, a member of Japanese idol group, AKB48, has tested positive for the coronavirus. According to the idol group's management company, the 23-year-old has been admitted to hospital for treatment.

A July 19 post on the group's official blog said that Takita had come down with a 37.2-degree fever on July 9. While her fever did not persist, Takita, who has been a member of AKB48 since 2013, noticed a change in her ability to taste and smell three days later.

A PCR test on July 18 confirmed that she has Covid-19. However, her sense of taste and smell has returned, and she does not suffer from any symptoms.

A member of the group who interacted with Takita, Makiho Tatsuya, has also been instructed to self-isolate at home.

Fans have taken to Takita's social media pages with get-well-soon messages.

One netizen posted, "Please take care and recuperate well," while another wrote, "Please be careful. I am looking forward to the day when you are well again."