A police officer who guards Japan’s 84-year-old Masahito, Prince Hitachi has been diagnosed with COVID-19. The Imperial Household Agency made the announcement over the weekend saying that the officer and his family tested positive on 6 July.
The officer underwent a second coronavirus test last Thursday, and it also came back positive. The Imperial Household has said the officer is not feeling ill.
The Imperial Household stressed that Prince Hitachi and his wife, 80-year-old Princess Hanako have not been exposed to the virus. The last time they were around the police officer was at the end of June when everyone was wearing masks.
They added that Their Imperial Highnesses are both in good health.
Masahito, Prince Hitachi is third and last in the line of succession to the Japanese throne. He is the younger brother of Emperor Emeritus Akihito and the uncle of reigning Emperor Naruhito.
His wife, Princess Hanako celebrated her 80th birthday on Sunday.