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Systems must be built quickly to respond to surge in virus cases

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27.03.2020

In response to a spike in new coronavirus cases in Tokyo, Governor Yuriko Koike has asked residents in the capital on March 25 to work from home and refrain from going out at night and on the coming weekend.

Neighboring prefectures have also decided to follow suit.

Freedom of mobility is an important human right, but the current situation requires all individuals to act in line with the request to help curb the spread of the new infection.

There have been reports of consumers stocking up on foodstuffs and other daily necessities, emptying store shelves. Such behavior causes social anxiety and entails the risk of catching the virus in crowded stores.

Consumers need to maintain their calm in this critical phase of the outbreak.

The government on March 26 set up a special headquarters to supervise the nation’s fight against the virus under a revised special measures law to allow Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to declare a state of emergency. The government needs to make effective responses to the galloping epidemic based on appropriate analyses and forecasts of the situation while providing sufficient........

© The Asahi Shimbun