Travel to Japan during Covid-19: What you need to know about the virus
Tokyo, Japan ― The coronavirus outbreak spreading from China to other countries in East Asia has some in Japan concerned about their country’s long-term future.
Japan has reported eight more deaths and 886 new infections so far and has the potential to become the worst country in the world to contract the virus because of its high population density and the concentration of people around large metropolitan areas. More than 4,000 cases have been reported in Japanese nationals and visitors.
Tokyo’s Metropolitan Government has declared a state of emergency and issued guidelines for people living there, such as the requirement to self-quarantine for 14 days and the closure of entertainment venues, such as gyms and karaoke parlors from midnight to 8 a.m. every day, until April 30.
Those who live nearby are asked to not go out. The government has also announced that any non-Japanese entering Japan must be checked by authorities for symptoms, with their temperatures checked as well.
Some Japanese are worried that the virus could be easily spread through human-to-human contact or close contact with animals and have posted their fears on social media.
Is the virus spreading?
Tokyo has had 862 cases and 12 deaths.
‘We have no idea’: People living near the virus outbreak in Tokyo worry about the virus spreading
The number of reported cases is expected to rise, as many people who developed the virus have not been tested or reported because they did not visit doctors or hospitals, or did not have symptoms.
According to a source close to the government, there are still many unidentified cases of coronavirus, and the authorities are unsure if people who test have contracted the virus.
While Japan is facing a serious threat, the country’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is seeking to ease public concerns over the coronavirus outbreak by assuring people that the government is doing everything it can to prevent the virus from spreading from person to person.
“We have no idea about the source of the coronavirus. This is something that we want to learn from this virus as well,” Abe told a news conference Friday.
What’s the situation in Japan?
Here are some of the things to