Japanese Prime Minister cancels visits to India and Philippines

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Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has canceled scheduled visits to India and the Philippines. This was announced on Wednesday, April 21, by the Kyodo agency, citing knowledgeable sources.

As the interlocutor of the agency explained, the decision to cancel the visits is most likely due to the aggravation of the epidemiological situation in Japan.

Both of the prime minister’s visits to the countries were planned for the period from late April to early May.

On April 19, it was reported that a 60-year-old employee of the Imperial Household Affairs Office of Japan was diagnosed with COVID-19 infection. The man performed various assignments to support the family of Crown Prince Akishino. The infection was first discovered in an employee who communicated with the emperor’s relatives.

Earlier, on April 12, it became known that Yoshihide Suga did not support the assumption of the beginning of the fourth wave of coronavirus infection in the country. At the same time, he noted that the scale of infection in the world exceeded forecasts in its strength.