Japan's cabinet announced on Friday that another official had tested positive for the coronavirus, the third case among officials at the cabinet office.
The infected cabinet official, who is in his 50s, works at the cabinet's council for science, technology and innovation, but had no close contact with ministers around when he developed symptoms from April 10, an official at the cabinet office said. He was confirmed with the virus on April 16.
Two officials who worked with the man, and were within two metres, are staying at home but have not yet been tested, based on cabinet policy, according to the cabinet office.
As of Thursday, there were an estimated 9,000 infections in Japan and nearly 200 deaths.