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TOEI Releases Statement Following Rio Komiya’s COVID-19 Diagnosis


TOEI Releases Statement Following Rio Komiya’s COVID-19 Diagnosis

A press release from TOEI outlines five decisions made following the star of Mashin Sentai Kiramager‘s diagnosis.

TV-Asahi and Toei Productions confirmed on March 31 that Rio Komiya, who plays Juuru Atsuta / KiramaRed, had tested positive for COVID-19, commonly referred to in Japan as the coronavirus.

In response, the production studio has underlined five key points:

  1. People who have come in prolonged contacted with the actor are on standby at home and under medical observation. (spanning 14 days since their most recent meeting)
  2. All areas Komiya had entered underwent disinfection
  3. Filming on the series has temporarily come to a halt
  4. The studio’s canteen area is closed
  5. Body temperature is being measured at both the entrance and exit of the studio.

This news comes amid a large spike in the number of reported cases of COVID-19 in Japan and just days after the decision was made to move the Olympic Games that were to take place in Tokyo this July to 2021. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that Japan is now on the verge of a larger spike in cases as it becomes increasingly difficult to trace the virus and keep its spread under control. The prime minister went on to warn that citizens should “be prepared for a long battle.”

Mashin Sentai Kirameiger airs Sunday mornings as part of TV Asahi’s Super Hero Time line-up.

Source: Toei Productions Press Release

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