Japan’s new crown virus epidemic continued to develop. According to Japan ’s NHK television station on the 20th, as of 8:00 that night, 719 confirmed cases have been found in Japan, of which 634 came from passengers and crew members of the “Princess Diamond” cruise ship anchored in Yokohama Port. Japanese passengers on two cruise ships died on the 20th from a viral infection, marking the first death of a person on board. Japan has become the country with the worst epidemic situation except China. With the spread of the epidemic, domestic and foreign complaints and accusations of the Japanese government’s ineffective epidemic prevention have also increased. Some countries have begun warning people not to travel to Japan. On the 20th, China urgently donated a batch of new crown pneumonia nucleic acid detection kits to Japan. Many netizens praised this point: “Vote me for peaches and return to Qiong Yao. The world needs to deal with the virus together.”
Rapidly increasing number of confirmed cases in Japan
Japan’s current statistics on outbreaks are still used to separate statistics from domestic data and data on the “Diamond Princess” cruise ship (about half of whom are Japanese). According to NHK TV, according to statistics from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare in charge of health and social security issues, as of 9 pm that day, 85 cases were confirmed and 1 died in Japan. The number of confirmed cases on the “Diamond Princess” cruise ship in Port of Yokohama, Japan was 634 Cases and 2 deaths.
Despite separate statistics, the number of confirmed cases in Japan has increased rapidly in the past two days, from Okinawa in the south to Hokkaido in the north. Nine new cases were confirmed in Hokkaido, Tokyo, Kanagawa and Okinawa on the 19th. Hokkaido announced two confirmed cases, one of which was a single employee in Sapporo who had not left the city at least 2 weeks before the onset of symptoms. He was considered to be infected with the virus in the city. One male and two females have been confirmed in Tokyo, and the path of infection is unknown. A taxi driver in Okinawa was diagnosed with the infection and is being treated in an intensive care unit. Both confirmed cases in Sagamihara City were admitted to the same hospital in Japan as the first case of death of Newcomer Virus pneumonia in Japan. There are analytical concerns on the Japanese Internet, which may well mean that the Japanese outbreak has appeared community infections and nosocomial infections.
At the same time, although Japan has allowed passengers with negative nucleic acid tests on the “Diamond Princess” cruise ship to disembark, the number of confirmed cases on the cruise ship is still increasing rapidly. The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare said on the 20th that 13 new cases were confirmed on cruise ships that day. In addition, two Japanese passengers on board who were taken to a hospital in Yokohama city a few days ago were killed on the 20th. Kyodo News said that a staff member of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare and the Cabinet Office of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, who had been responsible for quarantine on the cruise ship, had also been diagnosed with the infection.
Japan becomes a “new breeding ground” for viruses?
“With the increase in the number of diagnoses, Japan has quickly become a hotbed for the new crown virus.” Bloomberg said on the 19th that the number of people infected with the new crown virus has more than doubled in the past week, becoming one of the most dangerous places for the virus to spread.
South Korea’s “Central Daily” stated that “no one wears a mask in Tokyo.” The report said that passengers sitting in the subway casually scanning the carriages could see that most people did not wear masks. There have been no reports of class suspensions due to the “New Crown Epidemic” in Japan. The department stores to which patients have been diagnosed have not been closed, and no company has heard of any collective shutdown. In addition, the Japanese government has not publicly confirmed where the patients have been, fearing that publicizing relevant information will cause social panic. Japan ’s Kyodo News said that on the evening of the 18th, in the subway in Fukuoka, someone had coughed without wearing a mask, and other passengers angrily pressed the emergency button.
Japan’s Fuji Shimbun said it was allowed to leave
Passengers of the “Diamond Princess” cruise liner got off the bus in the urban area, and then transferred to their own homes. Some people even invited friends to eat sushi. Among the disembarking passengers, a couple living in Hiroshima told the Tokyo News that they had been tested for virus more than ten days ago and wanted to be re-examined before disembarking but were rejected. They worry that the quarantine measures on the cruise ship are inadequate and that many people may later become infected even if the test result is negative.
Japanese infectious disease expert and Kobe University professor Iwata Kentaro uploaded a video on YouTube on the 19th, blasting Japan’s response to the status quo. Iwata said that the danger zone and safety zone were not divided at all on the ship. The crew members responsible for the isolation measures ran back and forth without wearing masks. That night, the video had a clickthrough rate of over a million. However, Professor Rock deleted the video from the Internet early on the 20th. In response, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Takayoshi Wei denied a government intervention in a press conference on the 20th. In response to the outbreak of the ship, he said: “This is a situation that has never been encountered. The Japanese government has done its best to take measures.”
The performance of some Japanese officials has also been criticized. The Japanese Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare, Kato Kazunori, repeatedly appeared to cough, runny nose, etc. while participating in NHK TV programs and outbreak briefings. When he coughed, he only covered his mouth with his fist, instead of covering his sleeves or paper towels, which was criticized by Japanese netizens as “reverse teaching materials” and “worst demonstration”. Hashimoto, deputy minister of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, said on Twitter on the 20th that there is a segregation on the cruise ship. He attached a picture with a gate on the left, a clean passage on the left and an unclean passage on the right. But netizens soon discovered that the two channels were actually connected. The tweet was quickly deleted.
Regarding Japan ’s current epidemic prevention situation, some Japanese experts said in an interview with the Global Times reporter that Japan ’s previous “degree of attention” to the epidemic was not enough. Many people went out without wearing masks and participated in marathons and “naked festivals” for 10,000 people Crowd gatherings hope that the Japanese people will “raise vigilance” and strengthen personal protection. However, as Japan
The number of confirmed diagnoses in the country continues to increase, and the situation in Japan has quietly changed in just a few days. Japan’s “Asahi Shimbun” said on the 20th that the Hiroshima prefectural council required all members of parliament, journalists and related personnel who entered the venue to “wear masks” to form an “unprecedented” landscape. Japan on the 20th canceled many marathon events, nearly a hundred large-scale job fairs, exhibitions and other crowd gathering activities. Some scholars say that the Japanese people are highly disciplined, and once the government changes its policies, people’s perceptions will soon change.
Dashi Hede, director of the Toyama Health Research Institute, said in an interview with a reporter from the Global Times that China has accumulated a large amount of data, response experience, and knowledge of the virus in the fight against the epidemic, and has learned some lessons. China ’s information sharing It will help Japan to overcome the epidemic.
British politician says to host Tokyo Olympics
“U.S. News and World Report” said that as the “Diamond Princess” epidemic spread, the Japanese government is facing increasingly intense criticism. One of the sharpest criticisms came from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, which blamed Japan for not doing enough on cruise lines. It is reported that this may tarnish the “successful Olympic year” that the Japanese Prime Minister had hoped for.
On February 17, the U.S. government sent a special plane to pick up some 330 U.S. citizens who were stranded on the “Diamond Princess” and returned home. However, CNN complained that “U.S. health officials apparently learned that 14 of them had positive results after boarding the bus.” In fact, Japan ’s NHK TV reported publicly on the 17th that the Japanese side notified the US immediately after the test results of these 14 people were positive a few days ago. The report said that the US State Department finally decided that these 14 people could be isolated in the cabin.
In response to the Japanese epidemic, many politicians, including the mayor of London, claimed on the 19th that the Tokyo Olympics could be held on schedule as “not optimistic”. They said that if the outbreak prevented Tokyo from hosting the Olympics, London was ready to host Tokyo instead. Many Japanese netizens angrily said: “British people should first bring the British Princess Diamond back to Britain before talking.” “Nihon Keizai Shimbun” stated that “For international ships of this kind, Japan does not have the authority and obligation to take measures to prevent the spread of its epidemic situation. It is the United Kingdom to which the ship belongs”.
Regarding the news that China urgently donated a batch of new crown virus nucleic acid detection kits to Japan, the spokesman of the Chinese Embassy in Japan said on the 20th that the domestic crown virus epidemic situation in Japan continued to develop. China pays close attention to this and feels it. After learning that the Japanese New Crown Virus nucleic acid detection reagent was insufficient, China immediately expressed its willingness to provide assistance to the Japanese side and took action. Many Chinese netizens praised the Chinese move on the Internet: “Put me a peach, and report it to Qiong Yao.” Other netizens said: “It’s good to be a bandit, and always be good!”