Coronavirus Update: No Karaoke in Tokyo, Cuomo on Bidding for Ventilators, Japan Closes Borders

By Anna Breuer on 1 April 2020
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Budapest’s Parliament building across the Danube River


In Hungary, parliament granted Prime Minister Viktor Orbán sweeping new authority to rule by decree for an unlimited period of time.  Orbán, who has in recent years consolidated his power and attempted to stifle political opposition, cited the coronavirus pandemic as the reason to require the elevated powers.

Meanwhile, Japan appears to be on the brink of declaring a state of emergency, although Prime Minister Abe Shinzo said while speaking at an Upper House committee meeting that such a declaration isn’t yet necessary. Officials in Tokyo told residents there to avoid bars and restaurants, and put karaoke sessions on hold until at least April 12.

Meanwhile, President Trump said Tuesday that people should steel themselves for “a very, very painful two weeks,” as Britain, France and Spain all experienced their highest death tolls.


Practice social distancing consistently no matter where you are outside your home.  Wash your hands often.  When you do leave to go shopping, wipe down your shopping cart with a Clorox-type wipe.  And did we say, “wash your hands”?


The number of coronavirus cases across the globe is now 885,221, of which 185,208 have recovered, based on data compiled by Worldometer, a service that compiles and makes available world statistics. The death toll now stands at 44,210.

Across Europe, countries continue to see a steady rise in new confirmed cases and deaths.  The death toll in Italy and Spain is now over 21,500, almost half the global total.

In the United States and its territories, the number of confirmed cases is at least 176,500, while the death toll stands at 3,341.

Put differently, Italy now has 206 deaths per million members of the population while Spain has 194. The Netherlands, Belgium, and Switzerland have had 68, 71, and 53 deaths per million respectively, while China, Germany, and the United States have reported two, ten, and 12 deaths per million respectively.


04-01 In an attempt to protect against the importation of coronavirus infections, Japanese officials extended a ban on entry by foreign travelers to 49 additional countries, including Australia, China and the United States.

03-31 New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, whose brother Chris Cuomo, a CNN anchor, tested positive for the virus, said that the current situation of trying to obtain vital supplies is like “being on eBay with 50 other states, bidding on a ventilator.”

03-31 Saying that the coronavirus pandemic could lead to “enhanced instability, enhanced unrest, and enhanced conflict,” the United Nations unveiled a plan to counter the devastating socio-economic consequences of the pandemic and called on the world to “act together to lessen the blow to people.“

03-31 Many observers are becoming increasingly skeptical of China’s official tally both of confirmed Covid-19 cases as well as the death toll, given Wuhan’s overwhelmed healthcare system, early attempts to cover up the outbreak in its initial stages at the beginning of the year, and the multiple revisions officials have made to the manner in which confirmed cases are tallied.  In addition, the quantity of urns used in cremations in Wuhan in recent weeks far outnumbers the official death toll there, unofficial observers report.

03-30 The states of Virgin and Maryland as well as the neighboring District of Columbia became the latest places to tell residents to stay at home.

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