TOKYO (AP). The Tokyo governor was hospitalized for the second time in four months due to severe fatigue and will take about a week off, the metropolitan government said Wednesday.
Governor Yuriko Koike’s hospitalization comes just days after she announced the end of an 11-month restriction on eateries that told them to close early and not serve alcohol after the number of new daily COVID-19 cases in the capital plummeted. to the lowest level in other countries. than a year.
Koike had previously been hospitalized in late June, also due to fatigue, a month before Tokyo hosted the Olympic Games.
She often worked on weekends and late at night to meet with senior officials about the pandemic.
In recent meetings and press conferences, Koike was sometimes seen coughing under her mask. She spoke somewhat weakly during a press conference last Thursday.
Since September, the number of new cases in Japan has been decreasing daily. Tokyo reported 28 new infections on Wednesday and recorded fewer than 50 cases per day for more than 10 days, a sharp decline from its mid-August peak of nearly 6,000 cases per day.
The experts cited progress in vaccinations, the widespread wearing of masks and basic measures such as hand washing and the use of disinfectants among the reasons for the sudden slowdown in the spread of infections.
Tokyo Metropolitan Government officials said the doctor told Koike she needed about a week to rest.
Deputy Governor Takashi Takeichi takes over Koike’s official duties while she rests, they said.
Koike, 69, became Tokyo’s first female governor after failing to secure leadership of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. She won a second term as governor last year.
Koike belonged to the conservative LDP for about 20 years and held key positions in the cabinet and party.