Voice actor Toshihiko Seki has been discharged from medical treatment after reportedly recovering from the coronavirus, after initially being hospitalized earlier this month.
Oricon News reports the voice actor was discharged from hospital on August 14th. He was initially hospitalized on August 4th after confirming his infection during a PCR antigen test that detects antibodies that form when infected with the virus.
Seki’s agency 81 Productions issued a press release in the wake of the actor’s release from the hospital. It can be found on their official website, and translated below.
[Notice of discharge by Toshihiko Seki]
On August 14, 2020, a positive PCR test was confirmed for a new coronavirus infection on August 4, 2020. Toshihiko Seki, who was hospitalized for treatment, received 2 PCR results. We are pleased to report that we were discharged from hospital on August 14, today, after confirming a series of negative reactions. We sincerely apologize for causing a great deal of concern and inconvenience to all the fans and related parties. Toshihiko Seki will return to work one after another while continuing to observe the situation. We will continue to implement further infection prevention and spread prevention with the highest priority given to ensuring the safety of everyone involved, cast members, staff, and customers.
81 Produce Co., Ltd.
[Comment by Toshihiko Seki]
We apologize again for the inconvenience caused to many people by the new coronavirus. Thanks to you, my physical condition was completely recovered and I was able to be safely discharged from the hospital today. Once again, I am deeply sorry for the people involved who had a hard time with me during this hospital stay. At the same time, we thank you for all the warm feelings of everyone. In addition, despite the recent rapid increase in the number of infected people, I am merely depressed to the medical staff who are devoted to dealing with it every day. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you. No matter how careful you are, it is never perfect. From the practice of “hand washing” that has always been a daily practice, I would like to work again without being alert. We look forward to your continued support.
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. The Epic Universe expansion for Universal Studios Orlando has also been delayed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic, in turn delaying Super Nintendo World.