AKB48 have announced that members Yamabe Ayu (19), Shimoguchi Hinana (20), Taguchi Manaka (17), and Yasuda Kana (19) have tested positive for COVID-19. Accordingly, Yamabe Ayu's sister Yamabe Miyu (25), who is a member of TOKYO GIRLS' STYLE, has been identified as a person of close contact.
The four members are awaiting official notice from the health center but will be responding appropriately under their guidance. As contact tracing has been difficult, members who believe they have been in close contact will be quarantined at home or in a hotel.
As for TOKYO GIRLS' STYLE's Yamabe Miyu, she will be taking a break from her activities until August 27. While the other three members have not been considered to be persons of close contact, their activities will be restricted for the next couple of days. They will resume their activities after several PCR tests.