Coronavirus Live Updates: Japan to Shutter All Schools in Effort to Contain Virus


Japan became only the second country to shutter schools nationwide. Cases have been confirmed in at least 47 countries.



Breaking News: Japan is closing its schools for a month to contain the spread of the coronavirus. The country is the second, after China, to do so.

Japan became only the second country to shutter schools nationwide. Cases have been confirmed in at least 47 countries.

, and is probably transmitted through sneezes, coughs and contaminated surfaces. Scientists have estimated that each infected person could spread it to somewhere between 1.5 and 3.5 people without effective containment measures. Who is working to contain the virus? The World Health Organization officials have been working with officials in China, where growth has slowed. But this week, as confirmed cases spiked on two continents, experts warned that the world is not ready for a major outbreak . On Wednesday, the United States military reported the first case of a soldier being infected. The soldier was stationed at a base near Daegu. Both South Korea and the United States said their annual spring combined training, originally scheduled to take place next month, would be postponed “until further notice.” South Korea has placed itself on the highest possible alert to deal with the outbreak, suspending nonessential military training and placing more than 9,500 troops under quarantine. It has also barred most of its enlisted soldiers from taking leave. Australian prime minister warns of a “global pandemic.” Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia, unwilling to wait for global health authorities to declare the coronavirus a pandemic, said on Thursday that the country is enacting an emergency response plan as if it were one. “We believe the risk of a global pandemic is very much upon us,” he said. “And as a result, as a government we need to take the steps necessary to prepare for such a pandemic.” The steps outlined on Thursday include extending a ban through March 7 on foreigners who have been to mainland China in the past 14 days. There have been 22 confirmed cases of the virus in Australia, with no deaths. Mr. Morrison said Australians should continue to attend mass gatherings, play on the street and eat at restaurants. “You can do all of these things because Australia has acted quickly, Australia has gotten ahead of it at this point of time,” he said. “But to stay ahead of it, we need to now elevate our response to this next phase.” Markets in Europe and Asia slump as spread worsens Stocks fell in Europe and Asia on Thursday amid further signs of the coronavirus’s spread around the world and after the United States tried to reassure the public that it is ready to deal with the problem. Stocks in Japan fell more than 2 percent, leading a broad drop in Asia, while markets in Europe opened sharply lower. Futures markets predicted Wall Street would open lower too, continuing a weeklong slump. Most of the region fell by less. The Kospi index in South Korea fell 1 percent, while stocks in Taiwan fell by 1.2 percent. Shares in Hong Kong were up 0.3 percent near the end of the Chinese territory’s trading day. Shares in China bucked the trend, with Shanghai rising 0.1 percent. Regulators and government-controlled investors often step in to help the country’s stock market in troubled times. Oil prices also fell, while the price of gold rose, signaling continued nervousness among global investors. The outbreak has taken a toll on global companies. On Thursday Anheuser-Busch InBev joined the chorus, as the brewer forecast a steep drop in quarterly profit. In Europe, London’s FTSE 100 index, Germany’s DAX and the CAC 40 index in Paris opened about 2 percent lower. Clinical trials are expanded for possible antiviral treatment. The drug maker Gilead Sciences is expanding its clinical trials of the antiviral drug remdesivir as a possible coronavirus treatment into several countries, mainly in Asia. Two new clinical trials starting in March will involve about 1,000 patients who are severely or moderately ill from the virus, to try to determine which patients would be helped most, Gilead said. The drug is experimental and has not been approved yet to treat any disease. It is already being tested in Wuhan, China , the center of the epidemic, and on patients who are being treated in Nebraska. “We are looking for ways we can help the world prepare as well as possible for what appears to be a pandemic at this point,” Dr. Diana Brainard, Gilead’s senior vice president for H.I.V. and emerging viruses, said in an interview. In the last month, Gilead’s stock has risen 17 percent, to $74.70 at the close of markets Wednesday from $68.80 in late January. The Times begins a newsletter on the crisis. The Times is beginning a coronavirus newsletter , an informed guide to the outbreak with the latest developments from our reporting and expert advice about prevention and treatment. Every day at 6 p.m. Eastern (7 a.m. in Hong Kong), we’ll tell you exactly what you need to know about this far-reaching and fast-moving story. . U.S. reports its first potential case of community transmission. A person in California who was not exposed to anyone known to be infected with the coronavirus, and who had not traveled to countries where it is circulating, has tested positive for the infection, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday night. It may be the first instance of community transmission in the United States. “The case was detected through the U.S. public health system and picked up by astute clinicians,” a C.D.C. statement said. It brought the number of cases in the United States to 60, including the 45 cases among Americans repatriated from Wuhan, China — the epicenter of the outbreak — and the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which was overwhelmed by the virus after it docked in Japan. The new case, in which the source of infection is unknown, is cause for concern, experts said. “That would suggest there are other undetected cases out there, and we have already started some low-grade transmission,” said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University. Some discharged patients later test positive, leading to concerns over Chinese tests’ accuracy. Fourteen percent of patients discharged in China’s populous Guangdong Province later tested positive for the coronavirus during follow-up examinations, according to the provincial authorities. The finding has led some experts to question the accuracy of the tests that have been used to diagnose patients. It is unclear if these patients are contagious, said Song Tie, a Guangdong health official, during a news conference . But he said that in the city of Guangzhou, for instance, 13 patients had tested positive again after being discharged, but none of their 104 close contacts showed signs of infection. Several other regions, including Hainan Province in the south and the city of Chengdu in southwestern China, have said they found patients who tested positive even after being cleared. Under China’s latest national treatment plan, patients must test negative twice for the virus and have a chest scan before they can be discharged from the hospital. Several medical experts have said that patients who have already been infected with the virus cannot be infected again, as they will have developed immunity. Chinese official says some lockdown measures went too far. Some of the lockdown tactics used to stop the spread of the virus in China went too far, a top Chinese security official said on Wednesday. Du Hangwei, the vice minister of public security, said at a news conference that some members of China’s security forces had practiced “excessive enforcement, simplistic enforcement, and crude enforcement” of quarantines and other containment measures. It was a rare admission by a Chinese official of excessive force in response to the outbreak. China has implemented residential lockdowns of varying strictness on at least 760 million people, or more than half the country’s population, according to a New York Times analysis of government announcements in provinces and major cities. Some episodes of seemingly overzealous enforcement have caused outrage. Videos of local officials in Henan tying up pedestrians who were not wearing face masks went viral on social media. In Chongqing, officials paraded four residents through the streets, shaming them for gathering to play mahjong at home. “The relentless management triggered people’s panic and anxiety,” Mr. Du said. Saudis halt religious visits to Mecca and Medina. Saudi Arabia on Wednesday temporarily barred Muslim pilgrims from entering the country to visit the holy cities of Mecca and Medina, as it tries to slow the spread of the coronavirus, a stark illustration of the fear the epidemic has stirred. The Saudi royal family derives much of its stature in the Islamic world from its status as guardians of the holy sites, and it very rarely closes them off. The Saudi response contrasts with that of Iran, which has kept its pilgrimage sites open, despite a significant coronavirus outbreak there, and evidence that people who visited Iran have spread the virus to many other countries. Each year, millions of Muslims make a pilgrimage to Mecca, or Umrah, which can take place at any time of year; the Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca that all Muslims are expected to make at least once, takes place in a specific part of the lunar year, which this year falls in midsummer. Many Muslims also visit the mosque in Medina that was established by the prophet Mohammed. The government is “suspending entry into the kingdom for the purpose of Umrah and visiting the Prophet’s Mosque temporarily,” the government-run Saudi Press Agency said. The Tokyo Olympics will go forward, planners say. With just under five months before the opening of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo on July 24, organizers in Japan and at the International Olympic Committee say they are confident the Games will go on. At a news briefing on Wednesday, Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, Yoshihide Suga, said that preparations for the Games were proceeding “as planned,” adding that the Olympic torch would begin its journey to Japan in March as scheduled. The I.O.C. has also declined to entertain the possibility that the Games might not take place as planned. But sporting events in Japan and elsewhere are already being canceled, as governments try to discourage large gatherings in major cities. In preparing for the Olympics, Japan had focused on the prevention of measles and rubella, sexually transmitted diseases and food poisoning. A new disease, like the coronavirus, was not central to its calculations. “I’ve never seen an Olympic organizing committee asked, ‘Are you prepared for a global pandemic?’” said Terrence Burns, a veteran Olympics consultant. Reporting and research was contributed by Russell Goldman, Carlos Tejada, Choe Sang-Hun, Zoe Mou, Daniel Victor, Roni Caryn Rabin, Denise Grady, David Yaffe-Bellany, Ed Shanahan, Andrew Keh and Ben Dooley. Advertisement Read more: The New York Times

Apple or SamsungMobileUS should make an watch that measures body temperature!!! Vietnam is closing it's school for months now VN was the second after China If not, how? pomonacollege calpolypomona Shut it down. Bukannya vietnam dulu yaa PMOIndia OfficeofUT AUThackeray I am again saying it's high time to impose this in our country. Trying to contain this late will be a huge disaster

Reginal79964960 Sounds like a knee jerk reaction. The containment of infected patients on a cruise ship was an unmitigated disaster and accomplished nothing except multiply the number infected. Did give opportunity to study Petri dish viral spread. Thank goodness we got most of our citizens off. DeniseDresserG es un hecho que va a llegar a Mexico si o si, la severidad dependerá de las contingencias sanitarias, profesionalss y personales que tomemos, y esto no incluye cadenitas alarmistas repartidas por quien sabe quien en Whats

kenmiryam Suikkk takemusuaikii, bisa bisa ga jadi ketmuan di wano nanti kite..😂😂 wow. Stuff... is getting 'real', here... 🕊️✨🙏❤️

Japan urges firms to have staff work from home over coronavirus; soccer postponedJapan urged businesses on Tuesday to have staff work from home to help prevent t... Can't be Ghana? Good one 1⃣

chrislhayes What happens after that month if the virus is still rampant? Schools in Vietnam have been closed since Feb 3rd. maggieNYT Makes me wonder if the right approach isn't to just quarantine those at high risk then have the rest of us get exposed like parents did with all the kids for chicken pox.

maggieNYT Not really a month. Most of March is usually spring vacation anyway, but it is beginning a little earlier than usual. chrislhayes The Olympics should be canceled as well chrislhayes Taiwan has also done this. (I recognize their independence) they reopen the schools this week. chrislhayes NYT - We need confirmation of the numbers of outbreaks in North Korea! Unconfirmed reports say it is staggering and if true could pose a major threat to Asia and also world wide financial markets.

My son is teaching in Vietnam and they closed schools for a month soon after the virus broke out. They share a border with china i think this is too late to prevent the spreading! china and other countries are working jointly to find out the origin of the virus. God bless it will be done sooner

Japan defends cautious approach on coronavirus testing amid concernsJapan's health ministry on Wednesday defended its cautious approach to coro... What cautious approach? Cautious people wouldnt have let the virus spin out of control with reckless decision making

Wow This headline isn't correct! The Abe government has ASKED (要請) schools to close for a month, but they can't actually 'order' it themselves. Whether the local governments follow through is a different question and remains to be seen. That man was 6ft before he caught the virus 🤪 😭😭😭 God Save this our Generation.. I think it the end results of how people Warship this our Corrupt Political Parties with their Fucking Hearts instead of God...😭

Obviously an important means of social distancing which is recommended after containment has failed (certainly has with community spread in Japan) but this has implications such as parents forced to stay home from work to take care of kids as well Vietnam’s have been closed the past 3 weeks also Terrible situation fr parents & children.

Just a reminder that students in the United States are starting spring breaks in just 3 weeks. When everyone returns from their travels, I’m assuming the Coronavirus will hit the USA. Are we finally ready to admit that coronavirus is the Christmas present Kim Jung Un promised It’s not a coincidence it started at Christmastime and N Korea immediately closed their border - weeks before anyone else. Animal markets have been open for centuries. It’s not that.

Japan Rejects Possible Tokyo Olympics Cancellation Amid Coronavirus Threat'We would like to prepare steadily for the event,” Japan’s chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga told parliament.

Bahrain, too. Suspended all private and public schools, universities, and nurseries across the kingdom for the next two weeks. How will the country function Do kids just stay at home by themselves? Daycare? Disneyland? What’s the plan for all the parents? This seems a lot bigger than the flu, however Japan has an aging population and many elderly to protect.

The United States should absolutely do this also, but we cannot because millions don’t have access to affordable childcare or healthcare, nor can they afford not to work. THIS is why the well-being of ALL AMERICANS matters!!!!! It’s a public health risk otherwise! Listen to the most recent episode of my podcast: Viruses Outbreaks Causing Panic!

This is just Japan coordinating with the Dems to make Trump look bad🙃 It’s not as drastic as it might seem. If memory serves me correctly, this is around the time of a school break anyways. Oh No. Now Corona is almost in most of Nations and like 3rd World War perhaps start!! Till no sure remedy for Corona!! Really challenge to world Scientists /Hunenists.

Ok, here’s a caveat to the article. That “order” from Abe is a nebulous word in Japanese which can more mean “request” as well. My Japanese friends who are teachers believe that it will be up to each board of education to figure the “details” of the closing. Who actually believes that there are more new cases outside of China than within it? Did NY Times get this article from China directly?

Vietnam closed all their schools a month ago. So Japan is not the second to do so.

As coronavirus looms over Olympics, Japan PM urges two-week curbs on sports eventsJapanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is calling for sports and cultural events to be scrapped or curtailed for two weeks amid pandemic fears Have the flu been epidemic until summer?

Huh Don’t worry everyone, we have everything under control. People die from the flu every year so what’s a few people dying from the “carona” virus. Enjoy! Good move by Prime Minister Abe. But for most Japanese companies, it’s business as usual. So kids can be waiting for working parents to get the virus on a crowded train and bring it home. coronavirus 全国一斉休校 japan

Good step toward preventing the spread of virus. Don't be too happy kids, homeschooling is still an option. Don't worry, you may yet save yourselves from working for the Clown!! And when it hit the United States that won't happen here because the country is run by idiots and then there are 50 more idiots running the states and not one of them will coordinate with the other

Good move on Japan’s part. The most any nation can hope for is to slow the spread and manage those infected until a treatment protocol is developed. By staggering the infections it reduces the eventual strain on the healthcare system. Unfortunately it won’t stop it. Bahrain too That is ok...don't spread that shit arround

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Except apparently they're opening daycare centers in the schools to take care of kids in the meantime 🤦‍♂️ Will be happping in other countries as well. This isn’t going to stop for awhile, unfortunately The United States may be next.

Japan Rejects Possible Tokyo Olympics Cancellation Amid Coronavirus ThreatJapanese officials have rejected the possible Tokyo Olympics cancellation amid the coronavirus threat by lisettevoytko lisettevoytko Why not cancel it though? That's literally going to spread the virus even worse than now! lisettevoytko The decision - Gobs of money or the health and lives of the Japanese people - what gets priority? lisettevoytko (muffled) 'Let the Games Go On!'

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