the Head of the Japanese government asked the population to gather strength in his fist and warned of a possible increase in infection. Abe urged residents to restrict exits to the street and contacts with other people.
Special terms are in effect until 6 may, before the end of the so-called “Golden week” – a period of long weekends in late April-early may, when the Japanese flock EN masse to travel around the country and abroad. The government believes that in the coming holidays the citizens is extremely important to stay at home.
meanwhile, in Japan continues to increase the number of infected. Local authorities not yet possible to stop the spread of COVID-19. According to the latest data, the number of infections in the territory of the island state was in excess of 9.5 thousand people. This is excluding 712 cases of passengers with the infamous liner Diamond Princess.
the Most complicated situation is in Tokyo. In a metropolis was more than 2.7 thousand people with positive tests for coronavirus. Just for today the list has expanded more than 200 new patients. This is a new record.
Paradoxically, the inhabitants of one of the 47 Japanese regions by some miracle manage to avoid infection with coronavirus. In Iwate Prefecture in the North of Honshu island is still not revealed any ill.
safe to say that the Japanese Islands are actually much more infected. In Japan not so easy to get directions on the PCR analysis, the results of which can judge the presence COVID-19. The patient will be tested for coronavirus only when maintaining body temperature is below 37.5 degrees for more than four days, and in the absence of improvements in the treatment of symptoms of colds, which are typical for COVID-19. In other words, the people who carry the disease is mild or asymptomatic, is clearly not taken into account in the above statistics.
Measures of the Japanese government, frankly, look too soft. The introduction of state of emergency does not imply besieging cities or penalties for violation of the regime of self-isolation. Abe’s decision expands the powers of the regional authorities. In particular, the heads of the prefectural offices and administrations can now be closed to visitors of public places, including educational and entertainment facilities, as well as to remove temporary use of land plots and real estate objects for allocation of health facilities. The rest of the emergency Declaration is Advisory in nature and is intended for the discipline of the Japanese.
the Local population as a whole reacted responsibly to the calls of the authorities. The streets became a lot less people. Many went to work in a remote form. The children also sit at home. Wcoke made a break in the learning process until the beginning of may. The banks, grocery stores, hospitals and transport continue to operate normally.
the Deficit and growth of prices for certain categories of goods is not fixed. However, it is still not possible to find in sale facial masks and antiseptic. By the way, every Japanese family will soon receive two masks reusable from the authorities. In the press they have dubbed the “masks from Abe”. On television showed, as the postmen on the red scooter today started to deliver small envelopes in Tokyo’s Setagaya ward. In the papers published in this scheme of making masks at home from improvised means.
Interestingly, the Japanese Ministry of health has approved the use of alcohol with alcohol content of more than 70 percent as a disinfectant. Manufacturers are already increasing production volumes of such products.
the Local cafes and restaurants responded differently to the introduction of the emergency in the Japanese cities. Some catering primarily located in business centers, closed. Part of the reduced working hours. The majority of restaurants still serving customers at lunchtime, and gradually begins to shift to the preparation of dishes to take away.
Harder to find a place for gatherings in the evening. In Tokyo bars close their doors at exactly 20.00. With the purchase of alcoholic beverages, you need to decide altogether to 19.00. That’s probably why the Japanese are increasingly satisfied with feasting on the Network using Skype, Zoom and other similar applications. Shops began to sell sets which are designed specially for drinking at home. Popular and traditional Japanese boxes with food “o-Bento”. Usually put a portion of rice, a few pieces of meat or fish and veggies.
People gradually get tired of the new conditions of existence. The Japanese are not used to working at home. The average head of the Japanese family is often lost in the office until late in the evening, and then sent to skip a glass of sake with colleagues. Such a man all day can not see his household. Now, during the isolation of the families trapped in apartments and have a long time to be face to face in a limited space. Given the small space of Japanese houses experience some real stress and irritation.
However, the most inventive Japanese came out in a funny way. Came to the aid tent. People set up tents on the balconies or in the living room. The idea came to mind children. The guys climb into a makeshift shelter with all their belongings: toys, sweets and blankets. In local stores was surprised to find, ��sales of tents in recent years has grown to several times. There are certain types of awnings for office workers. Where you can be alone in silence with a small table, an armchair and a laptop.
And still there is no single approach to containment of coronavirus. Illustrative is the example with Smoking in Tokyo. In the city everywhere, special places, generally it is a small platform with glass walls. The distance of two meters near the Smoking room to comply with is extremely difficult. And don’t even want to think about what would happen if the company accidentally gets a man with COVID-19.
the Japanese capital and other cities are trying to restrict its citizens from visiting the Smoking room. For example, in the lively district of Shimbashi station a Smoking room just wrapped with protecting tape, and where nobody goes. While near the Tokyo tower there is a “patch” where I like to spend time with local taxi drivers. Next to the car Park located the Smoking room, where the drivers had a quick word with colleagues and doing a little break before performing the next order. Still the entrance was not limited. The day before she was approached by vigilant members of the district councils. They included audio recording: people were warned about the risks of infection while in the Smoking room.
by the Way, in Japanese social networks has criticized wife of the Japanese Prime Minister for failure to comply with self-restraint in a difficult period. As it turned out, Akie Abe in mid-March in the company of another 50 people visited one of the temples in the South-West of the country. The wife of the head of the Japanese government did it in two weeks after Shinzo Abe called on local schools to go on a break in the educational process. Many felt that the act of women are very careless. Netizens mockingly noted that in the case of infection COVID-19 Mrs. Abe will be treated in the special conditions.