Impacts of COVID-19 Pandemic

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This page describes the effects of COVID-19 Pandemic on 48 Groups and Sakamichi Series.

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COVID-19 has impacted the majority of the entertainment world, 48g included. Most of the groups have had to close their theaters temporarily, pause or modify their handshakes, and postpone releases and events. Some groups even underwent major changes to their line-up.

The first impact of COVID-19 was with in the SNH48 Group on January-February 2020 when the first quarantines in the world (specifically in China's main cities) were announced, the theaters closed, as well as their group activities were cancelled. Over time, they began to do only online performance and later they gradually opened their theaters without an audience and then with the public, except for the BEJ48 Theater which was permanently closed. At same time AKB48 Team SH also was impacted, the shonichi of their 1st stage being postponed.

Then it spread throughout the world, with Japan being one of the first countries affected. This directly affected the AKB48 Group, who were forced to cancel performances at their theaters.

Effect on Groups



On December 8, 2019, Minegishi Minami announced her graduation during AKB48's 14th anniversary. Her graduation concert was scheduled for April 2, 2020 at Yokohama Arena, but was postponed due to COVID-19. On March 29, 2021, the concert was announced for May 22nd at PIA Arena MM.

Between February 22 and 28, 2020, AKB48 was scheduled to hold their New Unit Live Matsuri at Shibuya Stream Hall, in which eight concert units, tentatively named A ~ H, would make their debut. On February 26th, the concert for units F, G, and H, were postponed as a safety measure to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. On October 26th, they were rescheduled for November 28th and 29th at the AKB48 Theater.

On December 8, 2020, AKB48 announced their Tandoku Concert for January 22-24, 2021 at Tokyo Dome City Hall, to commemorate the group's 15th anniversary. On January 8, the event was cancelled entirely due to extension of the COVID-19 state of emergency; instead, the teams selected songs from their chosen era and performed from their homes as a revamped 2021 Request Hour. On March 29th, a new Tandoku Concert was scheduled for May 23rd at PIA Arena MM, the day after Minegishi Minami's postponed graduation concert.

Between July 29 and August 3, 2021, 10 members of Team 8 and one member of Team B tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, the Fresh Member Concert on August 7 and Eito Day (Team 8's Anniversary Concert) on August 8 were cancelled. In November, they rescheduled these concerts for January 12th and 13th, 2022: Team 8 Cutie Party, Fresh Concert and Team 8 Foxy Party.

Between January 30th and March 3rd, 2022, 4 members tested positive and a handful of others had to enter self-isolation due to being close contacts with someone who had tested positive. As a result, AKB48 Spring Concert 2022 "Kimi ga Omou Yori, Kimi wa Sugoi" had to be cancelled. It would have consisted of 3 concerts (Old Teams Final Concert, Coupling Song Request Hour and New Teams First Concert). Iriyama Anna, Kato Rena, and Miyazaki Miho's graduation ceremonies and the start date of the AKB48 16th Anniversary Team Shuffle were postponed. The graduation ceremonies were held at the AKB48 LIVE SHOW ~AKBINGO! The Final Sayonara Mouri-san~. The team shuffle came into effect on April 19, 2022.


On June 13, 2020, a new batch of stages called Social Distance Stages was launched, which were performed in the AKB48 Theater with no live audience. The first stage was NaaOn Social Distance Stage.

Between August 1 and 3, 2021, various members of Team 8 tested positive for COVID-19. Due to their kennin positions in Team 4 and Team A especially, stages were momentarily suspended for these two teams.

Between January 30 and February 3, 2022, various members of different teams tested positive for COVID-19. Theater performances were put on hold for a week.

On April 28, 2022, 6 out of 8 members participating in the Team K Saka Agari shonichi performance 3 days before tested positive, and the other 2 entered self-isolation. Because of this, Team K performances as well as the Boku no Taiyou performances were cancelled for a week.


Music producer EZAKI MASARU died on August 31, 2021 following a coronavirus infection, it was announced on his official homepage on Sept. 6. Ezaki was in his 50s, and had not been vaccinated against COVID-19.



On October 5, 2019, Takayanagi Akane announced her graduation from SKE48. Her graduation concert was scheduled for 2020, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan. On April 10th, 2021, her graduation concert was held with an audience less than 50% of the venue's capacity.

On December 15, 2019, Kataoka Narumi annouced her graduation from the group. Her graduation ceremony was scheduled for April 2, 2020, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan. In November, the ceremony was announced for December 31st. This date was postponed again after SKE48 temporarily halted theater performances, following Fukushi Nao's positive COVID-19 case on December 27th. Her graduation ceremony was held on January 20, 2021.

On February 7, 2020, Matsui Jurina announced her graduation from the group. Her graduation concert was scheduled for September 26th and 27th at Nippon Gaishi Hall and her farewell stage for October 5th at SKE48 Theater, but both were eventually postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On April 11th, 2021, her graduation concert was held with an audience less than 50% of the venue's capacity.

SKE48 cancelled their appearance at JAM EXPO 2020-2021 in Yokohama Arena, following several confirmed cases among members. They were scheduled to appear on August 27, 2021.

SKE48 cancelled their SKE48 13th Anniversary Concert in Nippon Gaishi Hall. They were scheduled to perform on September 25th and 26th, 2021.


All theater performances between August 27 and September 5, 2021 were cancelled following several confirmed cases among SKE48 members.

On January 2022, all stage performances are suspended due to Omicron cases.

From the end of January 2022, SKE48 change the birthday and graduation performance with talk event (members who were celebrating their birthdays or graduating at that time performed a song in solo)


Formation Changes

Between January 20 and 22, 2021, Team N, Team M and Team BII would all be disbanded. As of 2022, the teams were reformed as part of the NMB48 Team Shuffle 2022.


On March 29, 2020, NMB48 announced their twenty-third single, Datte Datte Datte, for release on May 13th. Although the senbatsu, covers, tracklists, and music video were published in the following weeks, the single was postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions; only the title track was released as a digital single on the original date. The single was officially released on August 19th.


On March 2, 2021, Shiroma Miru announced her graduation during the final concert of NAMBATTLE ~Tatakawana NMB Chauyarou!~. Her graduation concert was scheduled for May 29th and 30th at Osaka-Jo Hall, but was postponed due to COVID-19 state of emergency extension. It was rescheduled for August 15th.

NAMBATTLE2 ~Gamushara ni Narana NMB Chauyaro!~ was held between January - March 2022. On March 14th, the fourth round of performances for Team BII Kenkyuusei's group battle was cancelled due to confirmed cases among members. On March 21st, Asao Momoka, Lee Siyeon, and Yoshino Misaki withdrew from the semi-final round of NMB48's game match due to confirmed COVID-19 cases. On March 25th, it was announced that the number of final round judges for Team N vs. Team M group battle will be reduced from five to four.


On February 12, 2022, the new Team N performance was scheduled to be held from this day, but the performance was canceled and the shonichi performance was postponed because the cast members showed symptoms of fever. This same day, three Team M's performances scheduled for February 13-16 were canceled due to the members' infection with the new coronavirus.



On December 31, 2020, HKT48 announced their fourteenth single for release on March 10, 2021, to be performed by two Senbatsu. Two weeks later, the single was postponed due to the COVID-19 state of emergency extension. On March 13th, the single's Senbatsu was announced. On April 14th, the title was revealed to be "Kimi to Doko ka e Ikitai," along with a new release date of May 12th.


HKT48 cancelled their appearance at JAM EXPO 2020-2021 in Yokohama Arena, following several confirmed cases among members. They were scheduled to appear on August 27, 2021.



On March 28, 2020, STU48 announced their fifth single for release on May 27th, to be performed by two Senbatsu: promoted members consisting of 1st Generation and 3rd Draft, and Kenkyuusei members consisting of 2nd Generation. Two weeks later, the single was postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions. On July 2nd, the title was revealed to be "Omoidaseru Koi wo Shiyou," along with a new release date of September 2nd.


STU48 cancelled their fifth anniversary concert after 13 confirmed cases among members. It was scheduled for May 3, 2022 at Hiroshima Green Arena.


STU48 management announced the group would terminate theater shows on their ship theater. Due to COVID-19 breakout, the theater was closed from February 2020 to June 2020. In the future STU48 will perform their shows on other ships and/or at ports.


Formation Changes

On February 2, 2021, management announced that due to the impacts of COVID-19, Team J, Team KIII, Team T, and JKT48 Academy would all be disbanded. Only 33 members would remain in the group, and the ones who remained would no longer be split into teams, simply belonging to JKT48. JKT48 10th Generation members who were removed from the group would be given special permissions in the future to bypass the audition period, should they ever wish to audition again.



BNK48 9th Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo's results were originally supposed to be released on March 22, 2020; however, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was postponed and revealed online instead of having audiences on April 19, 2020.

On December 26, 2020 the BNK48 Sport Day 2020 was originally determined to this date, but was postponed to April 10, 2021, due to COVID-19.



The MNL48 3rd General Election's results were supposed to be originally released on April 25, 2020; however, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was postponed and was later revealed online on February 6, 2021.

The 2nd episode of the MNL48 Presents series was changed from I-DOL to Chains due to the production restrictions caused by the pandemic.

Many planned events in 2020 were also cancelled due to the pandemic.

Formation Changes

On February 13, 2021 that only the Top 1 to 36 ranking members will be chosen as the official members of MNL48 and the Top 37 to 48 will be the group's trainees.


On December 5, 2021, it was announced that the group would disband after their 3rd year anniversary on December 22nd, 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

AKB48 Team TP


Chen Shih-ya's Graduation Concert scheduled for May 14, 2022, has been postponed to July 24 due to the surge of cases in Taiwan.

AKB48 Team SH


On 2020, AKB48 Team SH's 1st Stage shonichi was delayed once from February 15 to June 7 due to COVID-19 outbreak in China.

On March 3, 2022 all stage performances were canceled due to the increase in cases in Shanghai, until new notice.


On October 9, 2020, their producer announced indefinite suspension of the group's activity due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On July 13, 2022 DEL48 and MUB48 has officially ended, after being previously 'postponed'.


On July 13, 2022 DEL48 and MUB48 has officially ended, after being previously 'postponed'.



On January 6th 2020, Shiraishi Mai announced her graduation from the group. Her graduation concert was scheduled for May 5th-7th at Tokyo Dome, but was cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions. On October 28th, her graduation concert was held virtually, with an estimated viewership of 680,000.

On February 23rd 2021, the Nogizaka46 9th YEAR BIRTHDAY LIVE was held, although originally scheduled to have a live audience in attendance, due to COVID-19 restrictions, it was later changed to an online concert. Later in March and May, each generation had their own BIRTHDAY LIVE online concert, with the 2nd Generation Live being Hori Miona's graduation concert. In late May, the group held the Nogizaka46 Under Live 2021 online as well, being the last live for Ito Junna and Watanabe Miria.

On June 22nd and 23rd 2021, the group resumed in-person concerts with Sa~ Yu~ Ready? Sayuringo Gundan Live/Matsumura Sayuri Graduation Concert. The live was also streamed online.

From July to August 2021, the group went on their yearly summer tour, Nogizaka46 Summer National Tour 2021. Both dates in Fukuoka (August 21 & 22) were streamed online as it was the 10th Anniversary of the group's formation and Ozono Momoko's graduation concert, respectively. However, their final tour dates at Tokyo Dome (September 8 & 9) were postponed due to increased COVID-19 cases. This was to be Takayama Kazumi's graduation concert, so her graduation was postponed indefinitely.



The group's documentary, Bokutachi no Uso to Shinjitsu: Documentary of Keyakizaka46 was originally scheduled to release on April 3, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the release date was postponed until September 6, 2020. The documentary was later released on Blu-Ray and DVD on February 3, 2021.


On April 15th and 15th, 2020, the planned "Keyakizaka46 4th YEAR ANNIVERSARY LIVE" was cancelled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Later on May 29th, the planned Keyaki Republic concert for 2020 was also cancelled. However, on July 16th the group held their first online concert with KEYAKIZAKA46 Live Online, but with YOU! where the group announced that they would be rebranding from Keyakizaka46. The estimated total number of viewers reached 300,000. On September 27th, the group held a second online live, KEYAKIZAKA46 Live Online, AEON CARD with YOU!.

On October 12th and 13th, 2020, the group held their final live as Keyakizaka46, Keyakizaka46 THE LAST LIVE, as an online broadcast. In the finale of the second day, they premiered their first song as Sakurazaka46, Nobody's fault. The estimated total number of viewers for both days was 570,000.

On December 8th, 2020, Sakurazaka46 held their first live with their new name: Sakurazaka46 Debut Countdown Live!! The live had no in-person audience, and was instead broadcast live in theaters across Japan. Following the release of their 1st and 2nd Singles, the group held mini online lives where they performed each song on the respective single.

In June 2021, Sakurazaka46 resumed in-person concerts with BACKS LIVE!! and later with W-KEYAKI FES. 2021. However due to the pandemic, the group continues to have online viewing capabilities for these concerts. The in-person concerts also require the audience members to wear a mask at all times and prohibit shouting and fan-calls.

On July 22nd and 24th, 2022, Sakurazaka46 was scheduled to hold two concerts as part of W-KEYAKI FES. 2022. However, several members tested positive for COVID-19 days before the event, and the concerts were cancelled. Fans were refunded for their tickets. The hashtag #いつもありがとう櫻坂46 (“Thank you always Sakurazaka46”) trended on Twitter in response to the cancellation. Sakurazaka46’s sister group Hinatazaka46 continued to perform at the event.

Additionally, Sakurazaka46 has not had any in-person handshake events for their 1st to 3rd Singles. Instead, the group has opted for online "Meet & Greets (ミート&グリート)" through Fortune Music's "fortune meets" app.



Hinatazaka46's seventh single, "Boku Nanka," was originally scheduled to release on May 11, 2022, but was postponed to June 1st after a cluster of members tested positive in early April.


On March, 2020, Hinatazaka46 National Spring Arena Tour 2020 was to be Hinatazaka46's first Arena Tour that was postponed and ultimately cancelled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. However, the tour came to fruition with the online concert, HINATAZAKA46 Live Online, YES! with YOU! ~"22nin" no Ongakutai to Fuugawarina~.

On December 24, 2020, Hinakuri 2020 ~Obake Hotel to 22nin no Santa Claus~ concert was initially planned to be held in Tokyo Dome but was held online due to COVID-19.

Additionally, Hinatazaka46 has not had any in-person handshake events for their 5th to 6th Singles. Instead, the group has opted for online "Meet & Greets (ミート&グリート)" through Fortune Music's "fortune meets" app.


On October 29, 2021, it was announced that the group would suspend its activities from February 2022 and would enter "hibernation".



On August 2, 2021 the management officially announces that the SNH48 8th Senbatsu Election on August 7th will be held online only without an audience due to COVID-19 Delta variant surges in China. They will work with its ticketing partners to issue full refunds to fans who had already purchased offline concert tickets. August 8th and 9th handshake event is being rescheduled to September 11th and 12th.

On January, 2022 the SNH48 REQUEST TIME 8th Edition BEST 50 concert it was finally held on a tv set, it was originally planned for a concert venue. This change was made at the last minute and was due to the restrictions imposed due to the pandemic.

Due to the strict restrictions in Shanghai, the SNH48 9th Senbatsu Election Concert will be held in Guangzhou for the first time.


On March 10, 2022 all stage performances were canceled due to the increase in cases in Shanghai, until new notice.

Due to the increase in cases and the closure of the theater, Jiang Yun's graduation stage, which was scheduled for March 27, has been postponed until further notice.

Because the theater's closure has been extended into June, 2022, the management designed a new indoor stage for online broadcasts only, with no audience. These broadcasts can only be viewed for a fee. Finally, on June 18, the theater reopened its doors with a performance by Team X, but without audience.


Formation Changes

As an expansion on the system that all SNH48 sister groups have used for online shows during the COVID-19 pandemic and in order to discover the various sparks of co-operation among the members, provide fans with a better watching experience, while maintaining the development vitality of GNZ48, GNZ48 implemented the new Class 4 and Class 8 "teams" while retaining the 3 existing teams. In the future, the members will perform either in teams or classes.


All team performances were suspended until June 2021, instead the Class 4 and Class 8 stages were kept. After this, the Team NIII 3rd Stage new shonichi includes some songs with an updated version, known as "Fiona N. (RESTART)"

On August, 2021 some performances were again canceled due to the increase in cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant in China.

On February 18, 2022, as two of their members were travelling in the same high speed train carriage with a close contact of COVID-19 recently, GNZ48 will cancel the theater stages scheduled for a week since February 18. On February 22, after all members and staff going through appropriate testing and isolation as necessary, everyone returned with negative results.

On March 13, 2022 all stage performances with audience were canceled due to the increase in cases in Guangzhou, all performances will be online.


Formation Changes

On September 4, 2020, the BEJ48's management announced that due to the impacts of COVID-19 and the months-long closure of their theater, Team B, Team E, Team J and Trainee would all be disbanded. Most members from these teams were transferred to SNH48, and the ones who remained would no longer be split into teams, simply belonging to BEJ48.


BEJ48 Theater was officially closed on September 4, 2020, after months of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. From this point on they will make their performances in non-permanent theaters.

On August, 2021 all stages performances were canceled due to the increase in cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant.

On November, all stages with audience were canceled due to the increase in COVID-19 cases, also the senshuuraku of BEJ48 1st Stage was postponed.

Fan LuYuan's graduation stage was originally scheduled to January 16 but was posponed to 23 due to Omicron variant outbreak.



In August, 2021 all stages performances were canceled due to the increase in cases of the Delta variant in China.

On November, all stages with audience were canceled due to the increase in COVID-19 cases, from that moment all presentations will be online until further notice.

On March 2022, all stage performances were canceled again due to new outbreaks of coronavirus in China.


Some groups released dedicated songs to support all the victims of COVID-19, as well as the volunteers on the frontline of the COVID-19 relief effort.

COVID-19 Cases

List of members who had a positive case of COVID-19.

  • Members are listed by the time of their infection, or official announcement of positive test results. The date could be inaccurate.
  • Members are arranged in two lists.
    • The first list is of members who tested positive while they were active members of the group.
    • The second list contains members who tested positive when they were graduated from their respective group.

2020 Cases

List of members who tested positive in 2020

Active Members

Group Member Date Notes
Yoshimotozaka46 Obara Yoshio 2020.07.07
Yoshimotozaka46 Machaaki 2020.07.07
Yoshimotozaka46 Sakakibara Tetsuji 2020.07.12
AKB48 Takita Kayoko 2020.07.19
AKB48 Oya Shizuka 2020.08.14
Yoshimotozaka46 Yamamoto Keiichi 2020.08.13
Yoshimotozaka46 Endo Shozo 2020.08.15
Nogizaka46 Sato Kaede 2020.08.27 1st time
Nogizaka46 Yoda Yuuki 2020.08.27
HKT48 Murashige Anna 2020.09.22
JKT48 Flora Shafiq 2020.09.23
JKT48 Febriola Sinambela 2020.10.06
JKT48 Viona Fadrin 2020.10.27
NMB48 Shiroma Miru 2020.11.30
Yoshimotozaka46 A-NON 2020.12.03
Yoshimotozaka46 Fujii Nao 2020.12.03
Yoshimotozaka46 Fujimori Renge 2020.12.03
Yoshimotozaka46 Ogawa Haruna 2020.12.04
Yoshimotozaka46 Kikuchi Kosuke 2020.12.04
Yoshimotozaka46 Kihara Miyu 2020.12.04
Yoshimotozaka46 Satake Masafumi 2020.12.04
Yoshimotozaka46 Takano Yui 2020.12.04
Yoshimotozaka46 Tada Tomohiro 2020.12.04
Yoshimotozaka46 Hara Kodai 2020.12.04
Yoshimotozaka46 HIDEBOH 2020.12.04
Yoshimotozaka46 Matsuura Shiho 2020.12.04
Yoshimotozaka46 Maruirui 2020.12.04
NMB48 Kato Yuuka 2020.12.04 1st time
Yoshimotozaka46 Hinata 2020.12.10
AKB48 Hama Sayuna 2020.12.26
SKE48 Fukushi Nao 2020.12.27

Graduated Members

Group Member Date Notes
AKB48 Iwata Karen 2020.07.27
Keyakizaka46 Imaizumi Yui 2020.08.12
AKB48 Nishino Miki 2020.10.12
JKT48 Stella Cornelia 2020.12.30

2021 Cases

List of members who tested positive in 2021

Active Members

Group Member Date Notes
Nogizaka46 Yoshida Ayano Christie 2021.01.09 1st time
AKB48 Nishikawa Rei 2021.01.26
Yoshimotozaka46 Koumoto Junichi 2021.05.26 1st time
JKT48 Angelina Christy 2021.06.15
AKB48 Mukaichi Mion 2021.06.19
JKT48 Dhea Angelia 2021.07.09
JKT48 Helisma Putri 2021.07.12
AKB48 Gyoten Yurina 2021.07.29
AKB48 Uemi Sorano 2021.08.01
AKB48 Omori Maho 2021.08.01
AKB48 Kuranoo Narumi 2021.08.01
AKB48 Nagano Serika 2021.08.01 1st time
AKB48 Suzuki Yuka 2021.08.01
AKB48 Sakaguchi Nagisa 2021.08.01
AKB48 Tokunaga Remi 2021.08.01
SKE48 Sugiyama Aika 2021.08.02
SKE48 Ota Ayaka 2021.08.02
JKT48 Ariella Calista Ichwan 2021.08.03 1st time
JKT48 Eve Antoinette Ichwan 2021.08.03
AKB48 Utada Hatsuka 2021.08.03
AKB48 Sakagawa Hiyuka 2021.08.03
HKT48 Murakawa Bibian 2021.08.05
AKB48 Fukutome Mitsuho 2021.08.05
SKE48 Mizuno Airi 2021.08.08 1st time
HKT48 Oda Ayaka 2021.08.09
HKT48 Kurihara Sae 2021.08.09
HKT48 Sakamoto Erena 2021.08.09
HKT48 Miyazaki Sono 2021.08.09
HKT48 Kuriyama Rina 2021.08.09
AKB48 Hashimoto Haruna 2021.08.09
HKT48 Imamura Maria 2021.08.12
HKT48 Mizukami Rimika 2021.08.12
HKT48 Yamauchi Yuna 2021.08.12
AKB48 Saito Haruna 2021.08.12
AKB48 Suzuki Kurumi 2021.08.13
AKB48 Muto Orin 2021.08.13 1st time
Yoshimotozaka46 Ehara Masahiro 2021.08.13
Yoshimotozaka46 Otake 2021.08.14
AKB48 Shimoguchi Hinana 2021.08.15 1st time
AKB48 Taguchi Manaka 2021.08.15 1st time
AKB48 Yasuda Kana 2021.08.15
AKB48 Yamabe Ayu 2021.08.15 1st time
AKB48 Ichikawa Manami 2021.08.16 1st time
AKB48 Kobayashi Ran 2021.08.17
NGT48 Nishimura Nanako 2021.08.20
NGT48 Ando Chikana 2021.08.20
Yoshimotozaka46 Oochi Yosuke 2021.08.21
SKE48 Furuhata Nao 2021.08.24
SKE48 Arai Yuki 2021.08.27
SKE48 Ego Yuna 2021.08.27
SKE48 Okamoto Ayaka 2021.08.27 1st time
SKE48 Hidaka Yuzuki 2021.08.27
SKE48 Hayashi Mirei 2021.08.27 1st time
STU48 Taniguchi Mahina 2021.08.28
SKE48 Aoki Shiori 2021.08.29
SKE48 Iriuchijima Sayaka 2021.08.29 1st time
SKE48 Fujimoto Fuyuka 2021.08.29 1st time
SKE48 Ito Miki 2021.08.29 1st time
SKE48 Asai Yuka 2021.08.31 1st time
SKE48 Kamata Natsuki 2021.08.31
SKE48 Nishii Mio 2021.08.31
SKE48 Kawashima Miharu 2021.09.02
AKB48 Shimizu Maria 2021.09.03
MNL48 Alyssa Nicole Garcia 2021.09.08
NMB48 Shiotsuki Keito 2021.11.10
BNK48 Jaokhem 2021.12.22 1st time

Graduated Members

Group Member Date Notes
Nogizaka46 Saito Yuri 2021.01.08
JKT48 Adhisty Zara 2021.01.15
JKT48 Desy 2021.04.30 1st time
JKT48 Nurhayati 2021.06.13
JKT48 Beby Chaesara 2021.07.05
Nogizaka46 Saito Chiharu 2021.07.21
SKE48 Matsui Rena 2021.08.02
NMB48 Murase Sae 2021.08.13
Nogizaka46 Ito Marika 2021.08.13
AKB48 Cho Kurena 2021.08.22 1st time
Nogizaka46 Fukagawa Mai 2021.08.23
AKB48 Tatsuya Makiho 2021.08.24
AKB48 Aigasa Moe 2021.08.29

2022 Cases

List of members who tested positive in 2022

Active Members

Group Member Date Notes
SKE48 Aoumi Hinano 2022.01.07
SKE48 Suzuki Ena 2022.01.08
MNL48 Maria Jamie Beatrice Alberto 2022.01.12
SKE48 Sato Kaho 2022.01.14
SKE48 Sugawara Maya 2022.01.14
AKB48 Kashiwagi Yuki 2022.01.15 1st time
Yoshimotozaka46 Takashi 2022.01.17
SKE48 Suda Akari 2022.01.24
NMB48 Wada Miyu 2022.01.25
NMB48 Shibuya Nagisa 2022.01.26
NMB48 Kato Yuuka 2022.01.26 2nd time
NGT48 Mashimo Kaho 2022.01.26 1st time
JKT48 Adzana Shaliha 2022.01.27
JKT48 Kathrina Irene 2022.01.27
JKT48 Tan Zhi Hui Celine 2022.01.29
AKB48 Oguri Yui 2022.01.30
JKT48 Cindy Hapsari 2022.02.01
Yoshimotozaka46 Koumoto Junichi 2022.02.01 2nd time
JKT48 Ariella Calista Ichwan 2022.02.02 2nd time
NMB48 Yamasaki Amiru 2022.02.02
Nogizaka46 Ito Riria 2022.02.02 1st time
Nogizaka46 Tamura Mayu 2022.02.02
AKB48 Nagano Megumi 2022.02.03
AKB48 Yamauchi Mizuki 2022.02.03
AKB48 Oda Erina 2022.02.03
Nogizaka46 Iwamoto Renka 2022.02.03
SKE48 Kamimura Ayuka 2022.02.08
SKE48 Okamoto Ayaka 2022.02.08 2nd time
SKE48 Mizuno Airi 2022.02.08 2nd time
SKE48 Asai Yuka 2022.02.08 2nd time
SKE48 Sakamoto Marin 2022.02.10
SKE48 Suenaga Oka 2022.02.10
JKT48 Jessica Chandra 2022.02.12
NMB48 Kojima Karin 2022.02.12
NMB48 Jonishi Rei 2022.02.12
NMB48 Abe Wakana 2022.02.13
NMB48 Izumi Ayano 2022.02.13
NMB48 Umeyama Cocona 2022.02.13
NMB48 Kawakami Chihiro 2022.02.13
NMB48 Shinzawa Nao 2022.02.13
NMB48 Minami Haasa 2022.02.13
NMB48 Hongo Yuzuha 2022.02.13
NMB48 Yamamoto Mikana 2022.02.14
NMB48 Deguchi Yuina 2022.02.14
NMB48 Maeda Reiko 2022.02.14
JKT48 Yessica Tamara 2022.02.15
HKT48 Seki Ai 2022.02.17
HKT48 Tashima Meru 2022.02.17
HKT48 Toyonaga Aki 2022.02.17
HKT48 Murakami Wakana 2022.02.17
NMB48 Sadano Haruka 2022.02.18
JKT48 Gabriela Abigail 2022.02.18
HKT48 Sakamoto Rino 2022.02.19
BNK48 Kaimook 2022.02.24
BNK48 Pakwan 2022.02.28 1st time
BNK48 Pampam 2022.02.28
SKE48 Kito Mikuru 2022.02.28
Nogizaka46 Mukai Hazuki 2022.03.12
Nogizaka46 Yumiki Nao 2022.03.13
BNK48 Earth 2022.03.13
NMB48 Kuroshima Sakura 2022.03.13
NMB48 Satsuki Aika 2022.03.14
NMB48 Yoshino Misaki 2022.03.14
NMB48 Asao Momoka 2022.03.16
NMB48 Fukuno Ami 2022.03.16
Nogizaka46 Hayakawa Seira 2022.03.16
NMB48 Lee Siyeon 2022.03.17
NMB48 Matsumoto Mihina 2022.03.17
Nogizaka46 Higuchi Hina 2022.03.17
Nogizaka46 Suzuki Ayane 2022.03.20
NMB48 Kameno Zion 2022.03.23
JKT48 Aninditha Rahma Cahyadi 2022.03.24
NMB48 Sakata Misaki 2022.03.25
Hinatazaka46 Hamagishi Hiyori 2022.03.26
Nogizaka46 Seimiya Rei 2022.03.26
Nogizaka46 Tsutsui Ayame 2022.03.26
Sakurazaka46 Watanabe Risa 2022.03.27
Nogizaka46 Yamazaki Rena 2022.03.28
Nogizaka46 Hayashi Runa 2022.03.28
NMB48 Kuroda Fuuwa 2022.03.28
NMB48 Matsuno Mio 2022.03.28
NMB48 Manabe Anju 2022.03.28
NMB48 Hayakawa Yuna 2022.03.29
NMB48 Tanaka Yukino 2022.03.29
NMB48 Ike Honoka 2022.03.29
NMB48 Tatsumoto Yayoi 2022.03.30
NMB48 Sumino Wakana 2022.03.30
Nogizaka46 Okuda Iroha 2022.03.30
Nogizaka46 Kanagawa Saya 2022.03.30
Nogizaka46 Kitagawa Yuri 2022.03.30
Nogizaka46 Sato Kaede 2022.03.30 2nd time
Nogizaka46 Sato Rika 2022.03.30
Nogizaka46 Nakamura Reno 2022.03.30
Nogizaka46 Matsuo Miyu 2022.03.30
Nogizaka46 Yakubo Mio 2022.03.30
Nogizaka46 Yoshida Ayano Christie 2022.03.30 2nd time
Nogizaka46 Wada Maaya 2022.03.30
Hinatazaka46 Takamoto Ayaka 2022.04.02
AKB48 Nagatomo Ayami 2022.04.03
Hinatazaka46 Ushio Sarina 2022.04.05
Hinatazaka46 Kato Shiho 2022.04.05
Hinatazaka46 Saito Kyoko 2022.04.05
Hinatazaka46 Sasaki Kumi 2022.04.05
Hinatazaka46 Sasaki Mirei 2022.04.05
Hinatazaka46 Higashimura Mei 2022.04.05
Hinatazaka46 Kanemura Miku 2022.04.05
Hinatazaka46 Kawata Hina 2022.04.05
Hinatazaka46 Kosaka Nao 2022.04.05
Hinatazaka46 Matsuda Konoka 2022.04.05
Hinatazaka46 Miyata Manamo 2022.04.05
Hinatazaka46 Watanabe Miho 2022.04.05
Hinatazaka46 Kamimura Hinano 2022.04.05
Hinatazaka46 Takahashi Mikuni 2022.04.05
Hinatazaka46 Morimoto Marie 2022.04.05
Hinatazaka46 Yamaguchi Haruyo 2022.04.05
CGM48 Fahsai 2022.04.05
Nogizaka46 Saito Asuka 2022.04.09
Nogizaka46 Yamashita Mizuki 2022.04.09
BNK48 Mobile 2022.04.18
SKE48 Ito Miki 2022.04.23 2nd time
SKE48 Iriuchijima Sayaka 2022.04.25 2nd time
SKE48 Fujimoto Fuyuka 2022.04.25 2nd time
BNK48 Minmin 2022.04.25
BNK48 Miori Ohkubo 2022.04.26
BNK48 Hoop 2022.04.26
BNK48 Earn 2022.04.26
BNK48 Mean 2022.04.26
BNK48 Paeyah 2022.04.26
AKB48 Kawahara Misaki 2022.04.26
AKB48 Utada Hatsuka 2022.04.26 2nd time
SKE48 Aoki Rika 2022.04.26
SKE48 Nakano Airi 2022.04.26
SKE48 Saito Makiko 2022.04.27
AKB48 Ichikawa Manami 2022.04.28 2nd time
AKB48 Shimoguchi Hinana 2022.04.28 2nd time
AKB48 Taguchi Manaka 2022.04.28 2nd time
AKB48 Hattori Yuna 2022.04.28
AKB48 Mogi Shinobu 2022.04.28
AKB48 Yamabe Ayu 2022.04.28 2nd time
SKE48 Inoue Ruka 2022.04.29
SKE48 Oba Mina 2022.04.29
BNK48 Jennis Oprasert 2022.04.29
BNK48 Pun 2022.04.29
BNK48 Fame 2022.04.29
BNK48 Monet 2022.04.29
STU48 Imamura Mitsuki 2022.05.01
STU48 Iwata Hina 2022.05.01
STU48 Kai Kokoa 2022.05.01
STU48 Takino Yumiko 2022.05.01
STU48 Mineyoshi Arisa 2022.05.01
STU48 Morishita Maiha 2022.05.01
STU48 Oki Yuka 2022.05.01
STU48 Kawamata Anna 2022.05.01
STU48 Kojima Aiko 2022.05.01
STU48 Sako Himeka 2022.05.01
STU48 Takao Sayaka 2022.05.01
STU48 Yoshizaki Rinko 2022.05.01
STU48 Rissen Momoka 2022.05.01
STU48 Ikeda Yura 2022.05.02
STU48 Muneyuki Rika 2022.05.02
STU48 Yano Honoka 2022.05.10
Nogizaka46 Yoda Yuuki 2022.05.10 2nd time
AKB48 Team TP Tsai Yi-jou 2022.05.12
AKB48 Team TP Oyama Mirei 2022.05.12
SKE48 Hayashi Mirei 2022.05.13 2nd time
SKE48 Tanabe Mizuki 2022.05.16
AKB48 Team TP Lin Jia-ni 2022.05.16
AKB48 Team TP Liu Yu-ching 2022.05.19
AKB48 Team TP Sin Tik-kei 2022.05.19
AKB48 Team TP Chiu Pin-han 2022.05.19
AKB48 Team TP Lin Yu-hsin 2022.05.19
AKB48 Shinozaki Ayana 2022.05.21
BNK48 Wee 2022.05.30
AKB48 Team TP Weng Tung-hsun 2022.06.01
BNK48 Gygee 2022.06.02
BNK48 Eve 2022.06.02
BNK48 Namsai 2022.06.08
AKB48 Team TP Lee Meng-chun 2022.06.08
AKB48 Team TP Cheng Chia-yu 2022.06.10
BNK48 Grace 2022.06.13
BNK48 Kaofrang 2022.06.13
BNK48 Peak 2022.06.13
BNK48 Namneung 2022.06.14
BNK48 Popper 2022.06.14
BNK48 Tarwaan 2022.06.14
BNK48 Music 2022.06.15
BNK48 Orn 2022.06.16
AKB48 Team TP Lin Chieh-hsin 2022.06.16
BNK48 Kate 2022.06.20
BNK48 Cherprang Areekul 2022.06.20
BNK48 Myyu 2022.06.25
BNK48 Niky 2022.06.25
BNK48 Fond 2022.06.26
AKB48 Fukuoka Seina 2022.06.26
CGM48 Aom 2022.06.27
CGM48 Nena 2022.06.28
AKB48 Chiba Erii 2022.06.28
AKB48 Ma Chia-Ling 2022.06.28
AKB48 Mukaichi Mion 2022.06.28 2nd time
AKB48 Yoshihashi Yuzuka 2022.06.28
AKB48 Asai Nanami 2022.06.28
AKB48 Kuranoo Narumi 2022.06.28 2nd time
BNK48 Noey 2022.06.28
BNK48 Piam 2022.06.28
BNK48 Pupe 2022.06.28
BNK48 Nine 2022.06.28
BNK48 New 2022.06.29
AKB48 Muto Orin 2022.06.29 2nd time
AKB48 Otake Hitomi 2022.06.29
AKB48 Nagano Serika 2022.06.30 2nd time
AKB48 Kashiwagi Yuki 2022.07.09 2nd time
AKB48 Team TP Lin Ting-li 2022.07.11
SKE48 Hirano Momona 2022.07.14
STU48 Kurushima Yuka 2022.07.19
STU48 Osaki Serika 2022.07.21
Sakurazaka46 Koike Minami 2022.07.21
Sakurazaka46 Kobayashi Yui 2022.07.21
Sakurazaka46 Sugai Yuuka 2022.07.21
Sakurazaka46 Onuma Akiho 2022.07.21
Sakurazaka46 Morita Hikaru 2022.07.21
SKE48 Akahori Kimie 2022.07.21
SKE48 Ishiguro Yuzuki 2022.07.21
SKE48 Tsuzuki Rika 2022.07.21
SKE48 Nakasaka Miyu 2022.07.21
SKE48 Arano Himeka 2022.07.22
SKE48 Ishizuka Mizuki 2022.07.22
SKE48 Otani Yuki 2022.07.22
SKE48 Takeuchi Nanami 2022.07.22
SKE48 Matsumoto Chikako 2022.07.22
AKB48 Okada Nana 2022.07.22
HKT48 Jitoe Nene 2022.07.22
HKT48 Ihara Hanna 2022.07.22
STU48 Yoshida Sara 2022.07.22
Hinatazaka46 Kageyama Yuka 2022.07.22
SKE48 Suzuki Kokona 2022.07.23
STU48 Shinano Soraha 2022.07.23
Nogizaka46 Kubo Shiori 2022.07.23
Sakurazaka46 Uemura Rina 2022.07.23
Sakurazaka46 Habu Mizuho 2022.07.23
Sakurazaka46 Endo Hikari 2022.07.23
Sakurazaka46 Fujiyoshi Karin 2022.07.23
Sakurazaka46 Matsuda Rina 2022.07.23
Sakurazaka46 Yamasaki Ten 2022.07.23
SKE48 Kitagawa Yoshino 2022.07.24
Hinatazaka46 Sasaki Mirei 2022.07.25 2nd time
Hinatazaka46 Takase Mana 2022.07.25
Hinatazaka46 Tomita Suzuka 2022.07.25
Hinatazaka46 Nibu Akari 2022.07.25
AKB48 Sato Kiara 2022.07.25
AKB48 Onishi Momoka 2022.07.25
AKB48 Hama Sayuna 2022.07.25 2nd time
AKB48 Yoshikawa Nanase 2022.07.25
AKB48 Okabe Rin 2022.07.26
SKE48 Sawada Kanon 2022.07.26
AKB48 Murayama Yuiri 2022.07.27
AKB48 Tokunaga Remi 2022.07.27 2nd time
Hinatazaka46 Kosaka Nao 2022.07.28 2nd time
AKB48 Kohama Kokone 2022.07.28
AKB48 Hasegawa Niina 2022.07.28
HKT48 Oba Risaki 2022.07.28
Hinatazaka46 Takahashi Mikuni 2022.07.29 2nd time
AKB48 Team TP Miyata Ruka 2022.07.29
Sakurazaka46 Saito Fuyuka 2022.07.29
HKT48 Yanase Reia 2022.07.29
AKB48 Okada Rina 2022.07.31
SKE48 Yamamura Sakura 2022.08.01
NGT48 Nishimura Nanako 2022.08.01 2nd time
NGT48 Ando Chikana 2022.08.01 2nd time
CGM48 Nenie 2022.08.01
CGM48 Ping 2022.08.01
CGM48 Kyla Ziyun Khoo 2022.08.02
CGM48 Milk 2022.08.03
BNK48 Jane 2022.08.03
BNK48 Kaew 2022.08.03
BNK48 Pancake 2022.08.03
BNK48 Yoghurt 2022.08.03
CGM48 Fortune 2022.08.04
NGT48 Mashimo Kaho 2022.08.05 2nd time
NGT48 Nara Miharu 2022.08.07
NGT48 Ogoe Haruka 2022.08.08
AKB48 Muto Tomu 2022.08.10
AKB48 Yoshida Karen 2022.08.16
STU48 Kawamata Yuuna 2022.08.19
Nogizaka46 Ito Riria 2022.08.23 2nd Time
Sakurazaka46 Ozono Rei 2022.08.24
HKT48 Unjo Hirona 2022.08.25
Sakurazaka46 Kosaka Marino 2022.08.26
Sakurazaka46 Masumoto Kira 2022.08.26
Nogizaka46 Tomisato Nao 2022.08.28
Nogizaka46 Okamoto Hina 2022.09.03
AKB48 Team TP Li Cai-jie 2022.09.07
MNL48 Bhrianna Chriszell Chua 2022.09.07
CGM48 Izuta Rina 2022.09.13
CGM48 Marmink 2022.09.13
CGM48 Sita 2022.09.13
AKB48 Takaoka Kaoru 2022.09.13
CGM48 Champoo 2022.09.14
CGM48 Kaning 2022.09.14
BNK48 Khamin 2022.09.14
AKB48 Team TP Wu Wan-ling 2022.09.15
CGM48 Jjae 2022.09.15
CGM48 Kaiwan 2022.09.15
CGM48 Meen 2022.09.15
BNK48 Jaokhem 2022.09.15 2nd time
BNK48 Pakwan 2022.09.15 2nd time
CGM48 Latin 2022.09.15
CGM48 Mei 2022.09.15
CGM48 Parima 2022.09.16
AKB48 Ota Yuki 2022.09.17
AKB48 Takahashi Sayaka 2022.09.19
AKB48 Team TP Gao Yun-jue 2022.09.22
AKB48 Team TP Kuo Shin-yu 2022.09.22
AKB48 Team TP Lau Hiu-ching 2022.09.22
AKB48 Team TP Pan Tzu-yi 2022.09.22
AKB48 Team TP Chou Chia-an 2022.09.22
AKB48 Team TP Wang Yi-chia 2022.09.23
AKB48 Team TP Chang Fa-fa 2022.09.23

Graduated Members

Group Member Date Notes
Nogizaka46 Takayama Kazumi 2022.01.13
Nogizaka46 Ito Karin 2022.01.13
MNL48 Mary Grace Buenaventura 2022.01.14
Nogizaka46 Nishino Nanase 2022.01.18
NMB48 Kamieda Emika 2022.01.18
AKB48 Hirajima Natsumi 2022.01.20
AKB48 Cho Kurena 2022.01.24 2nd time
Nogizaka46 Shiraishi Mai 2022.01.24
SKE48 Hiramatsu Kanako 2022.01.24
HKT48 Yamada Marina 2022.01.26
JKT48 Sinka Juliani 2022.02.08
JKT48 Amirah Fatin 2022.02.10
JKT48 Desy 2022.02.12 2nd time
JKT48 Lala 2022.02.12
JKT48 Sendy 2022.02.20
AKB48 Minegishi Minami 2022.03.07
NMB48 Ichikawa Miori 2022.04.21
SKE48 Igarashi Hayaka 2022.05.10



  • On December 4 it was found that 12 Yoshimotozaka46 members were infected with COVID-19 at the performance held at the Yoshimoto Yurakucho Theater on November 27.


  • The month of August had the largest number of reported cases to date. A total of 57 cases were confirmed throughout multiple clusters.
    • Between July 28 and August 3, the AKB48 management announced that 10 Team 8 members had all been diagnosed with COVID-19.
    • From August 9 to 12, several members of HKT48 tested positive for COVID-19.
    • Between August 9 and 17, several members of AKB48 tested positive.
    • From August 24 to September 2, 14 members of SKE48 are infected with COVID-19.


  • From January until February several COVID-19 clusters were reported in AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, JKT48, and Nogizaka46.
    • From February 12 to 14, 12 members of NMB48 tested positive for COVID-19.
  • In March 2022, several members of NMB48 Team BII Kenkyuusei and Nogizaka46 tested positive for COVID-19.
    • From March 12 to 31, 19 members of Nogizaka46 tested positive for COVID-19.
  • On April 5th, a majority of Hinatazaka46 members tested positive for COVID-19 following the 3rd Anniversary MEMORIAL LIVE ~3rd Hinatansai~, with 16 cases announced that day. This has been the largest cluster of cases to date.
    • Prior to this, 2 other members tested positive, meaning 18 out of 22 members of the group were positive with COVID-19 from late March to early April.
  • From April 18 to May 2, several members of SKE48, BNK48, AKB48 Team K and STU48 tested positive for COVID-19.
    • On April 28th, 6 members of AKB48 Team K tested positive. All of them had participated in the same stage performance a few days previously.
    • On May 1st, 13 members of STU48 are infected with COVID-19. On May 2, two more members join the list.
  • From May 12, the first cluster began in AKB48 Team TP since the start of the pandemic, with 11 members who tested positive.
  • Between May 30 and June 28, several members of BNK48 tested positive.
  • From July 14 several members of SKE48, STU48 and Sakurazaka46 tested positive for COVID-19.
  • On July 28, 2 members of AKB48's 17th Generation tested positive for COVID-19. As such, 4 additional members were identified as close contacts and entered a mini hiatus as well, leaving only 5 out of 11 Kenkyuusei active.
  • From September 13 to 16, a total of 11 CGM48 members tested positive for COVID-19.
  • 2022 has been the year with the most confirmed cases.


  • On August, 2020, Seiji Reina and one NGT48's staff member gave a positive result of the COVID-19 antibody test, therefore, PCR was announced for all members and staff members, with a total of 69 negative results, including Seiji Reina who previously had a positive antibody test result.
  • Kato Yuuka was the first active member to be infected twice, in 2020 and 2022 respectively.
  • Considering that COVID-19 started in China, no member from AKB48 Team SH and SNH48 Group has been reported as a positive case.

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