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Naruto Voice Actor Toshihiko Seki Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Voice actor Toshihiko Seki tested positive for coronavirus after experiencing symptoms in late July and being tested at the beginning of August.

Originally reported by Oricon News, Seki’s management agency 81 Produce released a press release regarding the voice actor’s recent coronavirus diagnosis. You can read the full press release below via 81 Produce.

“About positive confirmation of new coronavirus infectious disease of actor belonging to our company

August 4, 2020

On August 3, it was confirmed that Toshihiko Seki, who belongs to the Company, was positive in the PCR test for new coronavirus infections.

Seki Toshihiko had a fever symptom on the night of July 31st. As a result of having undergone PCR test after visiting the hospital on August 1st the next day, he was found to be positive on August 3rd. We are currently in the process of confirming actions, etc., but we have no idea what to expect.

The current symptoms are stable, and we are carefully responding to recovery according to the instructions of the public health center and experts, and we are planning to be hospitalized from August 4th today.

In addition, we are in the process of confirming the presence or absence of rich contacts, etc., under the guidance of our company and the public health center.

Under the guidance of medical professionals and government, we will continue to serve as a medical treatment for the person concerned, and continue to give priority to ensuring the safety of everyone concerned, cast members, staff, and above all, customers. We will carry out further infection prevention and spread prevention.”

Translation: Google Translate

Seki’s notable works include voicing Naruto’s first mentor Umino Iruka, Randolph in If It’s for My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord, Duo Maxwell in Gundam Wing, and Senketsu in Kill la Kill.

Seki makes a new high profile case in Japan who has reported sharply rising cases of the coronavirus in the past few weeks despite Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ending the country’s state of emergency in late May.

In earlier news The Japanese Heath Ministry has discovered antibodies that can neutralize the coronavirus. However, a study by the UK’s King’s College London claims that those with immunity will lose it after three months.

Image: Oricon News

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