COVID-19 INFORMATION What you need to know about the coronavirus if you are living in Japan or planning a visit.

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Posted in: Extreme isolation: World's last virus-free corners hold tight See in context

The International Space Station is presumably still virus-free. But future launches to it may need extra care. Perhaps send up a few test-kits with the next cargo.

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Posted in: Tokyo's infection spike after Olympic postponement sparks questions See in context

Do what the govs of Europe are doing now. Prepare for thousands of new cases per day, construct temporary hospitals, protect health workers, close non-essential shops, the list goes on.

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Posted in: 58 infected with coronavirus at welfare facility in Chiba See in context

S i t t i n g t o o c l o s e !

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Posted in: Tokyo begins quiet weekend, but some go about as usual See in context

I saw people playing basketball. Keeping 2 metres apart, but passing the potentially virus-laden ball... Brilliant, not.

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Posted in: Panic buying continues in Tokyo as residents asked to stay home for weekend See in context

You're right Akie, and now I read there is a worldwide shortage of condoms. Better watch out for that spike, as you say.

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Posted in: Panic buying continues in Tokyo as residents asked to stay home for weekend See in context


BRITS have more than £1billion worth of food stockpiled in their homes after panic buying over the coronavirus, enough for three weeks.

That is actually quite logical. The UK gov said if anyone in a house has symptoms, then no-one should go out for 14 days. Home deliveries are now impossible to arrange - I know someone who got the first available slot - it's in August!

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics in 2021 will be beacon of hope, says IOC See in context

I just hope to God that the world will be ready by summer 2021.

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Posted in: China to lift lockdown in most of virus-hit Hubei province See in context

Hurry up with that antibody test so they can see how many are now immune.

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Posted in: Whiplash: All at once, a steady U.S. economy screeches to halt See in context

A week's warning of impending disaster is a luxury. The Mexican dinosaurs had about 10 seconds, and that was only if they were looking upwards at the time.

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Posted in: Olympic torch relay to proceed as planned See in context

Put the flame at the top of the Sky Tree for the duration, so everyone can see it from afar.

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Posted in: IOC to start 4 weeks of discussions on Tokyo Olympics See in context

Postpone for 2 years to allow enough time for a vaccine to be developed and administered to 7 billion people.

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Posted in: No. of coronavirus infections in Japan passes 1,000 See in context

If a person is infectious, whether they know it or not, if they are wearing a mask, I find it plausible that they will be emitting fewer viruses into the air around them, for others to inhale.

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Posted in: Show off your space cowboy flair with this 'Cowboy Bebop' necktie See in context

A pity. I haven't worn a neck-tie in years. Probably now can't do up the shirt's top button, either. :-)

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Posted in: EU wants streaming platforms to ease internet gridlock amid virus crisis See in context

Darn! So much for 4K.

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 organizers receive Olympic flame See in context

The scale of the spreading coronavirus, which has infected more than 200,000 people and killed more than 8,700 across the world

10,000 now. :-(

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Posted in: Natto -- does the slime that's sublime really protect from the coronavirus? See in context

I tried it once. Not to my taste. You're welcome to empty the shops of it.

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Posted in: Japan testing for coronavirus at fraction of capacity See in context

The site shows cases per million population. Interestingly, the highest densities of cases are in San Marino, the Vatican and the Faeros, whereas China is ranked 38th!!

Just shows that have to be careful how you use statistics.

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Posted in: Japan testing for coronavirus at fraction of capacity See in context

It may be that the Japanese propensity for mask-wearing actually has slowed the virus' progress to some extent. However, the clock is ticking, and the number of detected cases is consistently increasing. Do NOT think this is just going to go away. Act NOW!

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Posted in: On a roll: The psychology behind toilet paper panic See in context

... and we haven't yet seen the same level of hoarding for more key items like canned foods 

I beg to differ.

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Posted in: Plane leaves Japan for Greece to collect Olympic flame See in context

I'd be more worried about all those people standing next to each other in the photo.

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Posted in: Virus-stricken airlines face bailout or bust See in context

All these grounded planes. A small consolation is the CO2 not being emitted.

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Posted in: No gender, photo, or first name – One company makes major shakeup to job application forms See in context

Burning Bush

I'd like to meet her.

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Posted in: Cleaning product makers race to labs to bolster coronavirus claims See in context

All well and good, but will there be any left on the shelf when I visit the supermarket?

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Posted in: IOC says no need for any drastic decisions on Tokyo Olympics See in context

If the number of cases in Japan continues to grow at the rate it has done over the last 4 weeks (from 74 to 878 cases), then in mid-April it would rival today's count for Spain (over 10,000). If so, it should be clear enough to call off or postpone the Olympics.

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Posted in: 'Elderly hour' in Australian stores as panic-buying continues See in context

In WW2, they had ration books. But that still didn't stop the black marketeers.

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Posted in: China reports just 1 new domestic virus case, 20 more imported See in context

This is potentially very good news, in that it may mean that the 99% of Chinese whose covid status is unknown have in fact been exposed to it and developed immunity.

Hope so.

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Posted in: 'Elderly hour' in Australian stores as panic-buying continues See in context

It's at times like this we could benefit from facial recognition cameras spotting the people who go in and out of supermarkets several times in order to circumvent the rationing at the checkouts.

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Posted in: Abe says G7 supports 'complete' Games, but polls back postponement See in context

The torch relay through Greece was cancelled because it was attracting crowds.

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Posted in: 'Elderly hour' in Australian stores as panic-buying continues See in context

Australia's elderly were let in early to supermarkets on Tuesday

Only problem with that is that families will be sending their oldest members out to do the shopping.

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Posted in: Doubts growing in Japan over Tokyo Olympics See in context

Zichi - presume you mean 2022, not 2012, unless you have a large Tardis.

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