Coronavirus Update from Japan

As of 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26 (Japan time)

Fourteen percent of patients infected with the new coronavirus and discharged from the hospital in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong after recovering have tested positive again, according to local health authorities.
The Japan Rugby Football Union said Wednesday it will postpone a total of 16 games across two rounds of the 2020 Top League season due to the growing alarm over the spiraling coronavirus crisis.
The government will ask organizers of big sports and cultural events to consider canceling or postponing them for the next two weeks, a critical time for Japan to stem a rise in coronavirus infections, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday.
The number of deaths in mainland China from coronavirus infections has risen by 52 to 2,715, with confirmed cases of infection reaching 78,064, the country’s health authorities said Wednesday.
In an effort to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, the education board of Hokkaido will urge local authorities on Wednesday to temporarily close all 1,600 public elementary and junior high schools in the prefecture.
South Korea on Wednesday reported 169 new coronavirus cases as the situation rapidly worsens in the country, taking total infections to 1,146.
Japan plans to ban entry by foreign nationals who have visited the South Korean city of Daegu and neighboring county of Cheongdo in North Gyeongsang Province, the center of the coronavirus outbreak in the country, government sources said Wednesday.
Concerns over the spread of new coronavirus infections have prompted some Japanese companies to switch to online seminars and interviews for the recruitment of new graduates in April 2021.
Two all-boy idol groups — NEWS and SixTONES — will postpone their respective concerts scheduled for this weekend and early next month due to fears over the spread of the coronavirus in Japan, their talent agency Johnny & Associates Inc. said Tuesday.

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