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COVID-19 in Japan and Japanese waters

blacksultan

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We have a 10 day trip planned in may . Do you’ll think things will settle down by then ? Any views ?
 
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We have a 10 day trip planned in may . Do you’ll think things will settle down by then ? Any views ?
I think things will seem more 'normal' in some senses by then, one way or the other. Getting COVID-19 might not seem like quite such a big deal.

I'm heading back tonight and have no real qualms about doing so, and my husband's been perfectly happy staying there.

I wouldn't recommend a tourist visit in the next month or so if interacting with people there is a high priority, everyone's just too stressed out. If into buildings or nature and the like, there's probably not been a better time in many years.
 

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We are going back for 12 days in May.We will be driving basically in the country.We will be going to some gardens and of course restaurants.So at this stage still OK with going.
 
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- 14 more still-on-the-ship Diamond Princess infections, 5 passengers + 9 crew. Total now 705

- National museums in Tokyo, Nara, Kyoto, and Kyushu to be closed from tomorrow through March 16

- All Hokkaido schools up to junior high school level to be closed for at least a week

- Seven deaths now including four from the Diamond Princess

- One of yesterday's Hokkaido cases was a childcare worker who worked for three days after becoming symptomatic
 
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334 more cases in South Korea's morning announcement, they're up to 12 deaths now. Picking up a little more in Seoul these past few days, but the two main clusters are still the Daegu church and the nearby hospitals.
 
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Japan's top six count by prefecture as of 10:30 this morning is

Hokkaido: 39
Tokyo: 35
Aichi: 25
Kanagawa: 18
Wakayama: 13
Chiba: 13

The Aichi number keeps going up as tests are processed for people who attended what the Ministry of Health describes as 'a certain place in Nagoya', which does not appear to have been helping sentiment in the area.

51 serious cases, which breaks down to 36 for Diamond Princess passengers and crew (out of 705 'quarantined' positives) and 15 for 'domestic' cases (out of 175). 32 of those 175 have been discharged from hospital.
 
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From a previous day, three people in Chiba who used the same gym but were unknown to each other
Four primary school teachers used the same gym, and so 61 schools and kindergartens in that Chiba city are to be closed until March 12 as a precautionary measure.

The Hokkaido prefectural assembly is to suspend sittings for 12 days.

3/11 memorial ceremonies will likely need to be cancelled or scaled back.
 
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Around 240 Diamond Princess crew started leaving the ship from around noon today. The process is expected to take several days.

Those testing negative at this juncture will be taken to a government-operated facility in Saitama and have their health monitored for 14 days. Those who then test negative again will be allowed to leave the country.
 
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Around 240 Diamond Princess crew started leaving the ship from around noon today. The process is expected to take several days.

Those testing negative at this juncture will be taken to a government-operated facility in Saitama and have their health monitored for 14 days. Those who then test negative again will be allowed to leave the country.
Japan had not had much of a whistleblower culture until recently, but some people are clearly determined to see the right thing done this time around.
 
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Abe has just announced that all schools nationwide (including senior high) are to close from next Monday.
Schools are to stay closed until spring holiday, meaning that kids will be off until the second week of April.

It's a really big deal. Not all that easy to make alternative arrangements for the next three weeks (which would have been the remainder of the term).
 

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Schools are to stay closed until spring holiday, meaning that kids will be off until the second week of April.

It's a really big deal. Not all that easy to make alternative arrangements for the next three weeks (which would have been the remainder of the term).
So closed for the rest of the Japanese school year?
 

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Like others watching this thread, I have a trip to Japan coming up - from May 16 in my case. The fear factor (or perhaps the fear of losing the Olympics) now seems to be driving Japanese Government decision-making. I am not easily deterred from visiting and don't wish to seem flippant but I am beginning to wonder if anything will actually be open by the time we get there.

Thanks to disruptivedolphin for all her updates.
 

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