Japanese man tests positive for coronavirus after returning from trip to Hawaii


Whether or not he contracted the virus in Hawaii is still uncertain

Pedestrians wear protective masks as they walk through a shopping district in Tokyo Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. Japan’s government said Thursday a man treated for pneumonia after returning from China has tested positive for the new coronavirus identified as a possible cause of an outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

HONOLULU (KHON) — According to several Japanese news outlets, a man in his 60s tested positive for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) shortly after returning from a trip to Hawaii. He has not visited China recently.

The man is from the Aichi Prefecture in central Japan, and had been visiting Maui and Oahu from January 28th to February 7th. He reported having flu-like symptoms while in Hawaii, starting February 3rd. Shortly after returning home on February 8th, he was hospitalized with a high fever. He was then diagnosed with pneumonia, and ultimately tested positive for COVID-19.

Whether or not he contracted the virus in Hawaii is still uncertain.

The Department of Health will hold a news conference today at noon to discuss the situation. 

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