A number of Hello! Project members have been diagnosed with influenza and will be unable to participate in upcoming events.
The members affected are:
- Kudo Haruka
- Aikawa Maho
- Ogawa Rena
- Nomura Minami
- Inoue Rei
- Ozeki Mai
Each of these members (with the exception of Ogawa Rena) will be unable to participate in the January 10 and 11 Hello! Project winter concerts. Ogawa Rena will only miss the January 10 concert. In addition Aikawa Maho will not attend the January 12 ANGERME release event.
Previously Okai Chisato, Natsuyaki Miyabi and Tanaka Reina had already been diagnosed with the same illness.
Up-Front has released a statement in which they apologise for the inconvencience and reiterate that all Hello! Project members and staff recieved inoculations this past November. Extra precautions (wearing of masks, regular washing of hands) will be implemented going forward.
Source: Hello! Project