The month of February has had Japan closer and closer to having an epidemic of COVID-19 as the country now hosts the second largest group of confirmed cases in the world, after the People's Republic of China.
By February 17, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that there were 59 confirmed cases and one death from COVID-19 in Japan, the disease caused by the coronavirus strain originating in Wuhan, China, in December 2019 In 33 of the 59 cases, the infection occurred outside of China, which means that the virus is now spreading from person to person in Japan.
While Singapore has a greater number of infected people than Japan (February 75-17), official WHO statistics for Japan do not include the group infected by COVID-19 at the Diamond Princess, the quarantine cruise ship docked at the port of Yokohama since February 4.
As of February 17, there were 454 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among the 3700 passengers and the Diamond Princess crew. While a 14-day quarantine was spent with more and more sick passengers despite their isolation, pressure on the Japanese government to resolve the situation increased.
On February 16, when the sickest passengers were taken to a hospital in Japan for treatment, some foreign citizens began to be repatriated and returned to their homes by their respective governments.
Matthew Smith, an American passenger with many followers on Twitter, decided to stay instead of returning with the repatriation flight to the United States. Smith said he had chosen to stay in quarantine at the Diamond Princess because American cruise passengers who had tested positive for the virus “mixed” with healthy passengers on that flight, which increased the risk of infection and ended the purpose of quarantine.
Smith also highlighted the plight of the cruise crew, who had been exposed to the virus since they met the needs of passengers since February 4 and, probably, will need to be in quarantine as well:
But I also believe this is the first step toward transitioning from quarantine of the remaining passengers to quarantine of the crew themselves.
– Matthew Smith (@mjswhitebread) February 18, 2020
The captain has just announced that the Princess is associated with World Kitchen, a charity founded by chef Jose Andres that offers food after natural disasters, to provide more food service on board. It is to relieve the pressure on the crew.
But I also believe that this is the first to move from the quarantine of the remaining passengers to the quarantine of the crew itself.
On February 10, some Indian crew members posted a video on Facebook with a request to leave the cruise, stating that there was a lot of information on how many crew members were infected.
Back to earth
Meanwhile, the possibility of a potential epidemic within Japan began to slowly decrease. On February 13, an 80-year-old woman died, and became the first victim of COVID-19 in the country.
Remove a bit of disagreement on the front pages today over how big a deal to make of the first coronavirus death in Japan.
Asahi and Sankei went biggest, giving it the full white-on-black treatment with reasonable point size. pic.twitter.com/S8JJpILE2I
– Gearoid Reidy (@GearoidReidy) February 14, 2020
Quite disagreement in the first pages of today about the importance of the first death by coronavirus in Japan.
Asahi and Sankei came out bigger, gave a full black and white treatment with reasonable font size.
The next day, the Japanese Government created a special work team that included experts in infectious diseases to deal with the potential increase in the coronavirus. At the same time, Health Minister Kato Katsunobu declared that Japan had entered a “new phase” of the outbreak.
An anonymous photo of the grim faces of the working group was widely disseminated on Twitter:
コ ロ ナ 対 策 本部 の 顔 ぶ れ が 絶望 的 な 件 pic.twitter.com/4DsfreuZwS
– ら ぐ な す (* ･ ω ･) ﾉ 🍆✨ (@Ragnaaas) February 16, 2020
A look of despair on the faces of the coronavirus special team.
Various important activities in Japan are being canceled. On February 14, the largest photographic equipment fair in Japan for the coronavirus was canceled. The Tokyo marathon has also restricted access to competitors, except for Olympic aspirants. There will be no refund of registration fees. Are also being suspended other activities, how technology conferences.
Meanwhile, Japan's burgeoning tourism industry has been hit by the travel ban that the Chinese government has imposed on its citizens.
Various reports coming in of confirmed tourist booking cancellations. Probably just the tip of the iceberg.
Niigata – 3,000
Tochigi – 2,000
Kitakyushu – 2,200
Kurashiki – 1,200https: //t.co/BTDECrHVGm
– Mulboyne (@Mulboyne) February 14, 2020
There are several reports about cancellations of confirmed tourist reservations. It is probably just the tip of the iceberg.
Niigata – 3000
Tochigi – 2000
Kitakyushu – 2200
Kurashiki – 1200
After the Japanese Health Minister advised people to “avoid public places,” Japanese companies had to face the outbreak. Entrepreneurs as the online publishers of Cookpad and the national telecommunications provider NTT They are taking steps to get employees to work from home, almost unheard of in Japan.
However, according to FNN News, due to the relative inflexibility of labor standards regarding sick leave, some infected with the coronavirus may have to face not receiving the salary if they stay at home or go to work sick.
「新型 コ ロ ナ ウ 感染 し て お り 、 都 道 府 県 知事 が 的 的 制 に え え 該当 え 該当 え「 「「 「「 「「 「「 「「よ、 休業 手 当 を 支 あ う 必要 は あ せ。 」← つ ま り 、 有 給 を 使 い 切 っ た ら 仕事 に 行 け 、 と。 馬鹿 な の か。 https://t.co/Kb
– Kan Kimura (@kankimura) February 14, 2020
If a worker is infected with the coronavirus and is required to stay away from work as required by the prefecture workplace restrictions (established to deal with the coronavirus), the absence will not be considered “mandatory, as indicated by the employer ” Therefore, (in this case) they will not be obliged to pay the infected workers their normal salary. <- This means that once your paid license has run out, you will have to return to work. Isn't this stupid?
Amid the threat of the impending epidemic, the biggest problem of the Japanese Government seems to be to ensure that the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, which will open on July 24, move on. Both the International Organizational Committee (IOC) and the Government of Japan insist that the Olympics will continue as planned despite the threat of the coronavirus.
There is also growing pressure for Japan to close its air and sea borders with China, despite praise, so far, for its warm support for China compared to the United States.
After Japanese Navy ships were rejected from Micronesia and the Marshall Islands for fear of the disease, Sato Masahisa, a bellicose and ultra-conservative Foreign Minister of Japan, and a member of the Government's special team against COVID-19, suggested that An urgent debate is needed to restrict flights to Japan from China.
日本 は 感染 国 と み な さ れ る. そ ん な バ カ な と 思 っ て い る 方 も 多 い と 思 う が, こ れ が 現 実. 残念 だ が, 日本 が 拒 否 し た ク ル ー ズ 船 と 同 じ 扱 い. こ の 現 実 を 踏 ま え て 対 応 し な い と, 東京 五 輪 への 影響 も で か ね い い。 遅 い 指摘 も 対 る が 中国 か ら の 入 国 制 限 課題 https://t.co/HpUlJOHdxh
– 佐藤 正 久 (@SatoMasahisa) February 14, 2020
Japan maritime training vessel refused to enter port from two Pacific states: impact of increased infection.
Japan is now considered an “infected country.” Many people may think that this idea is crazy, but it is the reality. They are treating Japan like the cruise (rejected by Hong Kong, Thailand and Cambodia). If we don't do something about it, this will surely affect the Tokyo Olympics. While it may be a bit late to point it out, at the same time we have to take plans locally, we also urgently need to consider limiting tickets to Japan from China.
However, many Japanese are trying to move on with their lives under the shadow of the impending epidemic. A woman, for example, thought about how to wear the mask while wearing glasses:
ニ ュ ー ス サ イ ト し ら べ ぇ
警 視 庁 考 案
メ ガ ネ が 曇 ら な い マ ス ク の 付 け 方
マ ス ク を 付 け る と
メ ガ ネ が 真 っ 白 に な っ て
不便 だ な と 思 っ て い た の だ が
こ れ は 素 晴 ら し い ア イ デ ア 👏😇
マ ス ク の 上部 を 内側 に 折 る だ け で
曇 り を 防 げ る の な ら ば 簡 単 だ し
付 け 心地 に 影響 な し
今後 マ ス ク を 付 け る 時 は
こ れ を 実 践 し よ う pic.twitter.com/ngZPNF64fH
– ジ ェ ー ム ズ ・ Ｔ ・ カ ー ク ２ 世 (@ kirk2_thegod) January 30, 2020
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The Metropolitan Police Department devised
how to put on a mask without blurring the glasses
The glasses are white
I thought it was awkward
It's a great idea 👏😇
Simply fold the top of the mask inwards
It's easy if you can avoid fogging
It does not affect the comfort of use
When I wear a mask in the future
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