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Japanese princess with COVID develops pneumonia

The Japanese princess who was hospitalised with COVID-19 has developed pneumonia.

Her Imperial Highness has since been admitted to the University of Tokyo Hospital with what is said to be a moderate form of pneumonia. She was transferred to the hospital on the afternoon of 9 February – two days after developing symptoms.

Since testing positive, the Princess has developed a cough, sore throat, and fever of around 37+ Celcius.

Princess Yoko, 38, was admitted to a hospital inside the Imperial Palace in Tokyo earlier this week after testing positive for COVID-19. At the time, the Imperial Household Agency said she was tested after developing a sore throat the previous day.

Yoko is the first member of the Imperial Family to contract the coronavirus.

She was in close contact with her older sister, Princess Akiko, 40; however, her sister has since tested negative for the virus.

One member of Princess Yoko’s staff has since tested positive but was being treated at home. They will be transferred to a hotel to completely recover.

The Imperial Household Agency said how she contracted the virus is unknown and that she has not attended any events recently with food and drinks. She did attend a memorial ceremony for a late Emperor on 30 January.

Princess Yoko is the daughter of the late Prince Tomohito and his wife, Princess Nobuko. She has one older sister, Princess Akiko. Her father died from cancer in 2012. He was 66.

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. She's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites including Global News Canada, ABC News Australia, WION India and BBC World News.