Coronavirus: Japan Closes Schools, First Cases Hit Indonesia

  • Abe announced a second €2.3 billion financial aid program to mitigate the economic impact of the virus wave.
  • Indonesian President Joko Widodo told reporters on Monday that two cases have been confirmed in that country.
  • So far, six people have died of coronavirus in the United States.

Japan will close all schools to curb the spread of the coronavirus until the end of March. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Thursday that the measure will take effect on Monday, and will cover all elementary, middle and high schools. The government has also called for major events to be canceled or postponed within the next two weeks.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), also known as 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD), and novel coronavirus pneumonia (NCP) is a viral respiratory disease caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). It was first detected during the 2019–20 Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.

On Friday, the operators of Tokyo Disneyland and Disney’s Ocean Park announced that the amusement park will be closed on March 15. On Saturday, Abe strengthened crisis management again with a dramatic television speech. He also announced a second €2.3 billion financial aid program to mitigate the economic impact of the virus wave.

In the East Asian industrial nation, which is scheduled to host the Olympic Games in Tokyo from July 24 to August 9, more than 200 infections and eight deaths related to the virus have been confirmed. In addition, more than 700 people were infected on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama.

Japan was criticized for taking measures that were inadequate and too late. Rumors spread that the government deliberately postponed tests to avoid increasing the number of cases. According to Kyodo News Friday, the British, who were isolated from other passengers on the Diamond Princess Cruises, have died.

First Cases in Indonesia

Indonesian President Joko Widodo told reporters on Monday that two cases have been confirmed in that country. A mother and daughter were diagnosed as the first two cases of coronavirus in Indonesia. They were in contact with an infected Japanese tourist.

“The Minister of Health, Terawan Agus Putranto, just this morning confirmed to me that a mother, 64, and her daughter, 31, are positive with the coronavirus,” said President Joko Widodo. In this Southeast Asian country, with a population of 260 million, it has been shocking in recent weeks that no Coronavirus cases had been reported in the country to date.

Coronaviruses are species of virus belonging to the subfamily Coronavirinae in the family Coronaviridae, in the order Nidovirales. There are seven known strains of human coronaviruses, including COVID-19.

Indonesia has halted flights to and from China since the lung disease outbreak. However, scientists suggest that some undiscovered cases may be found in countries like Indonesia, where there are usually many flights departing from Wuhan. Countries should quickly strengthen their controls, it has been advised. Indonesian Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto has denied allegations that the country has not done enough.

At least 45 infections are currently known in Thailand. A representative from the Ministry of Health said Friday that the latest case was a 22-year-old Thai woman who had recently returned from South Korea. Taiwan announced the highest infectious disease warning level on Thursday. According to Taiwan’s Central News Agency, Prime Minister Su Zengchang announced the decision at a cabinet meeting on Thursday. It is understood that 34 cases of infection and one death occurred in Taiwan. This East Asian country with a population of 24 million has severely restricted travel and tourism links with China.

Locations in North and South America

So far, six people have died of coronavirus in the United States. After the first victims were known, the United States advised against traveling to the worst-hit areas in Italy and South Korea. As Vice President Mike Pence said at the White House in Washington on Saturday, the travel proposal was severely restricted to the highest four levels. It will also impose new restrictions on Iran.

Foreigners who have come to Iran in the past 14 days are no longer allowed to enter the United States. Pence leads the White House Coronavirus Working Group on behalf of President Donald Trump. Pence told Fox News Sunday that vaccines may not be available during the season.

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