Tokyo governor hospitalized with severe fatigue for the second time in four months and will take about a week off
TOKYO – The governor of Tokyo has been hospitalized with severe fatigue for the second time in four months and will take about a week off work, the metropolitan government said on Wednesday.
Governor Yuriko Koike’s hospitalization comes days after she announced the end of 11-month restrictions on restaurants they were told to close early and not to serve alcohol, after new cases daily of COVID-19 in the nation’s capital fell to the lowest levels in more than a year.
She often worked weekends and late nights to meet with senior officials about the pandemic.
In recent meetings and press conferences, Koike has been seen occasionally coughing behind his mask. She looked a little weak at a press conference last Thursday.
Japan has seen new cases drop every day since September. Tokyo reported 28 new cases on Wednesday and recorded fewer than 50 a day for more than 10 days, a sharp drop from a peak of nearly 6,000 a day in mid-August.
Experts cited advances in immunization, widespread mask wear and basic measures such as hand washing and the use of disinfectants among the reasons for the sudden slowdown in infections.
Tokyo Metropolitan Government officials said her doctor told Koike she needed to rest for about a week.
Deputy Governor Takashi Takeichi takes on Koike’s official duties while she rests, they said.
Koike, 69, became Tokyo’s first female governor after failing to win the leadership of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. She won a second term as governor last year.
Koike has been with the Conservative PLD for around 20 years and has held key Cabinet and party positions.