Even if infected, Abe insists he would keep working

Saturday, April 11, 2020

TOKYO- (PanOrient News) When asked at a press conference Thursday about what would happen if he came down with COVID-19, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, 66, insisted that he would attempt to keep performing his duties even while sick.

The virus has infected a number of public figures around the world, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Although Johnson’s condition is reportedly improving, he has spent the past few days in an intensive care unit.

Prime Minister Abe said that he maintains good hygiene practices to live as regular a life as possible, although he admitted that he hadn’t had dinner that evening.

“I wash my hands. I try to be very careful,” said Abe. “That’s quite important for me – to stay healthy in case I am infected.”

He added that he would keep serving as prime minister as long as his condition was alright, but that he would self-quarantine. If unable to perform his duties, Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso would take the reigns.

“Mr. Aso would serve on my behalf so the government would have no time to lose even if I got infected,” he said.

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