2020 COVID19 in Japan
19 images Created 7 May 2020
Coronavirus and COVID-19 has so far not affected Japan to the degree it has stuck in the United States or Europe with only around 500 deaths from around 10,000 infections. The first confirmed cases of the disease were seen on January 16th 2020 and some have criticised the government for a slow reaction to halt the spread. A State of Emergency was not declared until April 7th with people encouraged to stay home and practice social distancing. Schools and businesses closed though many people appear to have carried on life as normal. There has been no hard lockdown, enforced by police or changes in the law, and though many areas are much quieter than usual some shops and parks are very busy still. The State of Emergency was meant to end after the Golden Week holidays on May 7th but was extended to May 31st.