Japan lifts state of emergency as number of cases fall, joining China and Korea.

Coronavirus: Hokkaido ends state of emergency, schools to reopen as epidemic gets ‘under control’ in Japan.

  • Panel of experts advises authorities to reopen schools and allow regions with few coronavirus cases to hold sporting events
  • Meanwhile, an infectious disease official has credited Japan’s ‘sheep mentality’ as one factor that has helped to keep the nation’s fatalities low
Japan shut schools on March 2 to help limit the spread of the coronavirus. Photo: Kyodo
Japan’s northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido lifted its state of emergency on Friday morning, as the country moves to return to some semblance of normalcy while maintaining restrictions on arriving travellers amid the

coronavirus outbreak

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