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We will see flights from Japan to the US banned

within next week.

0 ( +11 / -11 )

Probably inevitable by the point. I’m not saying it’s a good idea or not, but given the way that things have been going, this shouldn’t be unexpected.

6 ( +10 / -4 )

Is the statue of liberty vaping in that picture?

-5 ( +6 / -11 )

Italy should absolutely be on that travel ban list too. The virus is rampant in the north there - 3rd highest number of deaths after PRC and Iran.

9 ( +13 / -4 )

It seems to me coronavirus is very slowly spreading out all over the country. Many Chinese tourists (from Wuhan) visited Japan on holidays and also more went to America as there are so many Chinese American families and China towns all over in US.

2 ( +5 / -3 )

That's not going to work. It's already spread to Europe.

4 ( +6 / -2 )

A little too late by this point. The source country needs to pay the world big cash payments for medical and deaths since they started it.

-11 ( +8 / -19 )

The U.S. government should be banning travel to the U.S. by all people who haven't been tested for the virus before boarding.

-13 ( +1 / -14 )

Glad I squeezed in my trip back to U.S. earlier this month and stocked up on Ranch dressing and refried beans.

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

Cannot blame them, Japan hasn’t contained the virus spread yet and South Korea is heading towards disaster.

Only drastic actions can be effective, and it’s time for a few.

-2 ( +5 / -7 )

The only reason South Korea has so many confirmed cases is that they actually test people for Covid19 whereas in Japan they do not.

9 ( +14 / -5 )

It is likely that a large number of virus carriers stay in the US territory. Much harder to trace the origin due to a large subclinical stage. Meanwhile the flu has been breaking out with a high casualty rate. Should we consider an entry ban to US incomers??

4 ( +6 / -2 )

The US has not did any significant test

2 ( +7 / -5 )

the initial reporting, done by MSM was that it wasnt so bad, now they are changing their tune.

still perplexed as to why so many from the Diamond Princess were released into the public

Abe and the Hokaido gov did the right thing; you got to protect the young and old

as for me, lots of zinc garlic gym and hot foods to get my system cycled. Not recommending anything; just

doing what I can to stay healthy

-5 ( +3 / -8 )

The United States currently does not allow foreign nationals who have visited mainland China in the past 14 days to enter the country.

This is not true. The current state department travel ban on China bans those from Wuhan and redirect others to 1 of 11 airports around the country that have CDC quarantine setup where they will check you. Then you will either be on full quarantine for 14 days or a self imposed restricted quarantined for 14 days. When you are quarantined, they keep you at the facility. When its self imposed they send you to your final destination and ask that you restrict your movements and contact with people for 14 days.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Well, the US seems not to have many test kits, so, unlike other countries, they can report that almost nobody has tested positive.

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

Unbelievable, Osaka just 2 cases and Kobe zero with the thousands of chinese who visited just before and after the chinese new year.

Well maybe covid-19 is so smart that it spares some cities over others.

Has anybody any data of the number of pcr test carried out a day in hokkaido and tokyo. I find it difficult to believe hokkaido has higher infection than tokyo.

I suspect the difference depends on the number of pcr test.

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When the WHO abdicates its leadership role to appease its political masters (the CCP), then it's every country for itself. Japan, South Korea, Singapore et al, are only now just learning that "hard" lesson.

2 ( +6 / -4 )

Flying first class to Hawaii on Saturday. Hope this does not mess me up.

-8 ( +4 / -12 )

Has anybody any data of the number of pcr test carried out a day in hokkaido and tokyo. I find it difficult to believe hokkaido has higher infection than tokyo.

The "official" number is misleading, because its simply a tally of those who are actually tested. Till recently (and even now?) Japan only tested those in very close contacted with another infected person or those with severe symptoms. And those with mild symptoms, not just in Japan but around the world, may just feel its a regular cold and never consider its the coronavirus. So many probably recovered without any problem (or test), but did indeed spread it to others, who may be having a more severe reaction. Many experts say that the virus is probably circulating in Japan uninhibited, as well as elsewhere. Only time will tell.

Oh, and as far as this purported travel ban by the US, go ahead and fully add Korea to the list, as their numbers just spiked... 800+ cases just today. This is what happens when more tests are conducted across a wider part of the population, and it should be expected to be the same in Japan (and elsewhere) once more testing finally starts happening.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

This is probably a case of trump once again speaking without thinking. Aka talking out of his arse. Banning travel at this point is...pointless. The amount of travelers that have already come into the US from Japan since the outbreak is in the hundreds of thousands. Containment is impossible. Countries should focus on alleviating the symptoms and speeding recovery.

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TomToday  06:23 pm JST

Flying first class to Hawaii on Saturday. Hope this does not mess me up.

Good luck and hope you can make it back. I postponed all my travel plans for Mar/Apr because the way things are going, you might get somewhere but not be able to get back for quite some time. Too much happening too quickly to guess.

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

800+ cases just today. This is what happens when more tests are conducted across a wider part of the population, and it should be expected to be the same in Japan (and elsewhere) once more testing finally starts happening.

I doubt that increased testing is going to happen in Japan. Especially after what is happening in South Korea. It is less than 5 months from the Olympics so if many new cases are discovered then it is bye bye to it. No test means no new case. Japanese politicians are not all that stupid.

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I am expecting COVID19 to break out in the U.S. very shortly. Stopping flights now probably isn't anywhere as effective as it would have been much much earlier.

And the lack of testing ability in tje US is rather frightening:

"As the new coronavirus continues to infect people around the world, the rush to test for the virus has taken on a new urgency. But the United States is lagging on that front, in part due to faulty test kits and strict regulations,"

https://www.livescience.com/covid-19-coronovirus-test.html

3 ( +5 / -2 )

US Airlines are cancelling flights left and right. Friends of mine here from the US had their return flight for Wednesday next week cancelled and they have to go back tomorrow, Sunday morning, instead. Lots of chaos out there.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

ossanamerica:

you might get somewhere but not be able to get back for quite some time.

The way things are going, no other country is going to accept flights originating from Japan. You won't even be able to make the outward journey. You might want to join Tom on his flight to Hawaii (if you can afford first class).

Hell, Japan might even join Korea on the no-go list in China.

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

I don't think the US can survive without all of the talented and monied Japanese university students that are currently waiting for their results from applications to US universities. The school year is at a close and many of the best students are expecting to move to the US to start school in September. Can the US afford the brain drain? With a numbskull as president, that might not be a big concern. A less intelligent public is easier to control.

Who said Italy should be on the list? You do realize that Italians are mostly caucasians, right? Italy is a solid western country by any measure. I find it very unlikely that Italians would be banned from entering the USA anytime soon.

I guess in the longrun, this ban will help people. The US will end up worse than any other country due to their mismanaged healthcare system and the attitudes they've shown in dealing with disasters in the past.

-7 ( +3 / -10 )

bravo finally a command decision!

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

Only makes sense until everything can be contained. Moving sick people around does not seem to be a bright idea.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Flying first class to Hawaii on Saturday. Hope this does not mess me up.

From what I recall, you have great legs, so it should not be a problem.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Absurd...ive spoken to several doctors here.

People panic for no reason. Influenza is worse than the corona virus could ever be.

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Macv,plane are still flying to the US from Wuhan, just landed in Anchorage Alaska on route to Columbus Ohio

It is politically incorrect to prevent people from coming to America to add to the nations diversity. Without diversity America cannot be strong. Expect there to be many politically motivated lawsuits as a result of any effort to keep out people that are hoping to immigrate to America in order to complete its fundamental transformation. Don’t forget that a travel ban is considered evil by American elites and the media and family separation for any reason is inhumane and without empathy for the plight of others.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

I don't think the US can survive without all of the talented and monied Japanese university students

I agree! Furthermore, the world economy will be ruined without all of the handsome and monied Japanese tourists!

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Too late

0 ( +0 / -0 )

US VP Mike Pence just gave press conference giving latest travel restrictions. It essentially bans travellers from Iran (Iranians were already banned of course!) and advises Americans not to go to affected regions in South Korea and Italy. No mention whatsoever of Japan for good reason. Situation in Japan nothing at all like what has been going on it China, Iran, South Korea and Italy.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Lots of people feel if, they just stick their head in the sand, this virus will go away the best way too attack this virus is head on without fear, with knowledge, the only way is will be put under control, or WI consume you mentally or maybe physically

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Absurd...ive spoken to several doctors here.

People panic for no reason. Influenza is worse than the corona virus could ever be.

Mortality rate from seasonal flu = .1 percent

Mortality rate from coronavirus = 1.4- 2 percent

Not saying to panic, but find some new doctors.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

America spends billions on Homeland Security and spends its resources finding out better ways to spy on everybody. It should spend more on health care and medical research. Also provide better health laws to protect people. Right now millions of working Americans have no paid sick leaves. Many people have to go to work sick in order to provide for their family.

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I will make it back. There is always a flight from somewhere. Or I can do a boat like Greta and save the planet some carbs.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

The only reason South Korea has so many confirmed cases is that they actually test people for Covid19 whereas in Japan they do not.

Yeah, I suspect Japan has more cases than is being reported. Like you said, Korea took the threat seriously, while Japanese government pretended to do something.

Japan will handle this like all other difficult situations. They will act like it doesn't exist until things get better, or have tons of meeting with old men folding their arms and pretending to be sleep.

It is politically incorrect to prevent people from coming to America to add to the nations diversity. Without diversity America cannot be strong. Expect there to be many politically motivated lawsuits as a result of any effort to keep out people that are hoping to immigrate to America in order to complete its fundamental transformation. Don’t forget that a travel ban is considered evil by American elites and the media and family separation for any reason is inhumane and without empathy for the plight of others.

@Wolfpack

I agree. Just think of all the indigenous peoples around the world who would have lived if Europeans had not brought their disease to wipe entire cultures.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

I am waiting for the current WH to try and blame this on Mexico and Mexicans!

1 ( +1 / -0 )

i wonder has anyone checked his campaign website to see if they are selling MAGA facemasks "Made in China"? When you see people standing behind Trump wearing facemasks with the American flag, that will definitely be the sign.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

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