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Hokkaido eyes temporary closure of all schools to fight virus

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High schools are currently exempt from any request to suspend classes as students are considered old enough to determine for themselves the necessary precautionary measures, they said.

Seriously?

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The overreacting to the virus is just breathtaking and unbelievable! Let's all stay in bed for the next few months and then we'll be safe!

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There's really no such thing as "over reacting" at this stage. Schools (would suggest high schools as well) should be closed and any lost days made up during the summer months.

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great opportunity for students to stay at home have classes via skype but this is Japan it will never happen

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...the novel corona virus

Seriously? You’re going to use the word “novel” to describe the virus?

Someone is being very liberal with the thesaurus.

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Schools (would suggest high schools as well) should be closed and any lost days made up during the summer months.

It doesn't matter if school days are missed in Japan because students automatically move up to next grade even if they fail subjects or take a long leave of absence.

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In cases of day-care center closures, the welfare ministry has asked local authorities to think of alternative plans such as sending childcare workers to homes.

Wont that have the same effect of infecting people as sending the kids to the day cares? Adults can get the disease and spread it too.

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Maximum LawlerToday  07:10 pm JST

...the novel corona virus

Seriously? You’re going to use the word “novel” to describe the virus?

Someone is being very liberal with the thesaurus.

What exactly is the problem? As a noun a novel is something you read. As an adjective it means "new and original; not like anything seen before"

The CDC and WHO uses "novel" to describe a "new type". In Japan it's called 新型.

CDC: "2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Situation Summary | CDC

www.cdc.gov › coronavirus › 2019-ncov › summary"

WHO: A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted..

https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus

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Thought they were saying "nova" as in nova Scotia, which also means "new."

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It doesn't matter if school days are missed in Japan because students automatically move up to next grade even if they fail subjects or take a long leave of absence.

This will go down as an official class shutdown, gakkyu heisa, so the kids won't be marked as absent. Club activities that mean missing school are marked as absences either.

fwiw, a "poor" attendance record can supposedly affect a child's chances of getting into a good high school, so absences may matter. They are certainly rumoured to.

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Also in Hokkaido, the bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sapporo (which covers all of Hokkaido) has canceled Masses for the next two weeks, granting a dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass during that time:

https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbWFpbnxrYXRlZG9yYXJ1MnxneDo2MTNhM2IyMzgwNzlmNTI0&fbclid=IwAR3d3KzMXNvbme8Je0_1uTq8Y4xkQZ4fmub_Eo9XCTktZsz_6BuwEVaeDOc

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Schools in Sapporo are now officially closed from Feb 28th to March 6th. A symbolic gesture to make it seem as though they are doing something.

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Won't please the alt kids, they are likely to lose a week's pay I heard.

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Japan go 1 month, before Japanese are falling sick on the Street of Tokyo, in America our leadership is clueless about the virus, ordinary Americans respond when the government do not like Trump has not

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This is the notice I recieved from my son's school.

Economically speaking it might become difficult to afford to pay rent should my wife and I need to take weeks off work.

If you have returned from the specific areas listed below since February 19 you should call NHS 111, stay indoors and avoid contact with other people even if you do not have symptoms: 

If you or your children have returned from Northern Italy (defined by a line above, and not including, Pisa, Florence and Rimini), or other countries where reports of coronavirus have been reported since February 19th and which are not on the list above, should you or they develop any symptoms including fever, a cough or shortness of breath, however mild, you should stay indoors at home and avoid contact with other people immediately.

•                    You should stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with other flu viruses

•                    You should call NHS 111 immediately to be assessed by an appropriate specialist, as quickly as possible

•                    Pupils feeling unwell should stay at home and should not attend school. Adults should stay at home and not go to work.

•                    You should not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment

•                    If you require emergency medical attention, call 999 and tell the call handler or ambulance control that the person has a history of recent travel to risk areas for COVID-19

The letter end by parents to check Internet for the latest information on gov.uk/guidance/novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public

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in America our leadership is clueless about the virus, ordinary Americans respond when the government do not like Trump has not

What the heck are you talking about? We have just 14 cases in the US and we're testing treatments. Can we not bring Trump into every discussion for once?

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Just 35 people out of the more than 5 million who live on Hokkaido? I bet the number of people with the flu right now is 1,000 times that number and no one is staying home because it.

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