Photo/Illutration Prime Minister Fumio Kishida delivers an address at a government ceremony to pay respects to the war dead on Aug. 15. (Hiroyuki Yamamoto)

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida was confirmed to be infected with the novel coronavirus, the government said Aug. 21.

He tested positive in a PCR test he underwent in the morning after he developed a mild fever and coughing fits the previous night.

He is recuperating in the private quarters of the prime minister’s official residence, according to the government.