Snow Man Band Will Not Perform on New Year's Kohaku Show After COVID-19 Diagnosis
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NHK announced on Thursday that the group Snow Man will not appear on the 71th Kōhaku Uta Gassen ("Red and White Song Contest"), Japan's most-watched music television program, on New Year's Eve as scheduled. The public broadcaster noted that a Snow Man member tested positive with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and said that it prays for his quick recovery.
Snow Man member Ryōta Miyadate received a positive diagnosis for COVID-19 from a regularly scheduled PCR test on Monday, but he was not showing symptoms. His talent agency Johnny & Associates (also known as Johnny's) has been receiving guidance from a health center for medical treatment and follow-ups.
All eight other Snow Man band members and their managers have tested negative on the PCR test for COVID-19 as of Wednesday. However, the agency announced that the eight other members are considered close contacts of Miyadate and thus are being quarantined. As a result, the band cannot work as a group for a period of time, and Johnny's apologized to fans who were looking forward to seeing the band during the New Year's holidays.