Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. (World Health Organization (WHO))
Earlier this year, a new coronavirus outbreak started. It was first confirmed in Wuhan, China. This virus which was first called as the Wuhan Coronavirus and then named by the WHO as the COVID-19 has spread in the City of Wuhan fast. As of March 27, 2020, 00:30 GMT, it has spread also in other countries with a total of 531,609 cases, 24,065 of which are deaths and 123,391 of which are recovered affecting 199 countries and territories around the world and the Diamond Princess cruise ship harbored in Yokohama, Japan. Source: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/
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In Japan, the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed on January 23, 2020. On 24 January, a second case was confirmed as a Chinese national who visited from Wuhan. On 25 January, the third case was confirmed as a woman from Wuhan. Earlier this January, the first case which the infected person didn’t traveled to Wuhan was a Japanese Bus Driver who had driven a group of people from Wuhan. As of March 27, 2020, 00:30 GMT, there are 1,387 total confirmed cases, 47 of which are death and 359 of which are recovered cases. This count this excluding the Diamond Princess cruise ship which harbored in Yokohama, Japan with a total of 712 confirmed cases, 10 of which are deaths and 597 are recovered.
According to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, COVID-19 made a major impact on tourism, the economy and the society in Japan as a whole. The first impact of this new coronavirus was the sold out of mask across the country.
We all know that the 2020 Summer Olympics will be held in Tokyo starting this July. The Tokyo organizing committee and the International Olympic Committee have been monitoring the outbreak in Japan. According to the organizers has already decided to postponed the Olympic Games which will be held not later than summer of 2021.
On February 27, 2020, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe requested that all Japanese Elementary, Junior High, High Schools to suspend the classes until early April.
The Tokyo Disneyland, DisneySea, Disney Resort will be temporarily closed which started on February 29 and will resume on March 31, 2020. The Universal Studios Japan will also be closed until March 22, 2020.
As per in Hokkaido, Governor Naomichi Suzuki already declared a state of emergency in the island due to high number and fast spreading of new infections.
Some Cherry Blossom Festivals also this spring are already cancelled as a counter measures on the outbreak.
Japanese Government is doing its best on making and applying counter measures to limit the coronavirus outbreak in the country.