News out of Tokyo finally grew bad enough for the Japanese government to act — sort of. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a state of emergency earlier today after Tokyo had shown the signature increases of coronavirus community spread for several days. On its current path, Tokyo will hit 80,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, surpassing New York City’s numbers in the same time frame, and with even less hospital capacity to deal with the crisis.
However, Abe’s state of emergency differs in one key aspect:
#breaking Prime Minister Shinzo Abe calls the coronavirus pandemic Japan's "biggest crisis since WWII." He says Tokyo, with 1,200 known infections currently, will have 10,000 infections in two weeks & 80,000 infections in one month if human contact is not reduced by 70-80% now. pic.twitter.com/JVklKmdQc3
— Will Ripley (@willripleyCNN) April 7, 2020