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32 minutes ago, yude said:

I am kind of hopeless of my government. Today, Tokyo had 63 cases and Chiba had 58 but they didn't declare any specific policy and are just repeating "don't go outside if it is not really needed, don't gather, don't stay in the packed room" etc. Abe held press conference tonight but my impression was that he cared more about economy while a lot of us feel today was the best timing for declaration of a state emergency to prevent the country from entering the worst scenario. But we have to go to work taking trains and buses from Monday as if nothing has happened. I mean, can we all just stop working and staying at home at least for a week? And schools are about to start in like two weeks, but I say no way in Tokyo. Sorry if I sound annoying to you since I know many people around the world want to go out and work now, but I have reached the point that I don't want to go anywhere and want to stop working to protect my parents who live with me.  

Same. Can't we just go into quarantine for 3 weeks test everyone like the did in South Korea. 

Eta:... Just aforeign resident here.. 

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1 hour ago, yude said:

I am kind of hopeless of my government. Today, Tokyo had 63 cases and Chiba had 58 but they didn't declare any specific policy and are just repeating "don't go outside if it is not really needed, don't gather, don't stay in the packed room" etc. Abe held press conference tonight but my impression was that he cared more about economy while a lot of us feel today was the best timing for declaration of a state emergency to prevent the country from entering the worst scenario. But we have to go to work taking trains and buses from Monday as if nothing has happened. I mean, can we all just stop working and staying at home at least for a week? And schools are about to start in like two weeks, but I say no way in Tokyo. Sorry if I sound annoying to you since I know many people around the world want to go out and work now, but I have reached the point that I don't want to go anywhere and want to stop working to protect my parents who live with me.  

If you knew how, as a French, I am envying the gestion of this pandemic by your government! :-(

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Today, this hit Japan so hard.

 

"Japanese comedian Ken Shimura, who had been hospitalized after being infected with the new coronavirus, has died, becoming the first Japanese celebrity to die of the virus."

 

https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2020/03/29/world/asia/29reuters-health-coronavirus-japan-comedian.html

https://japantoday.com/category/entertainment/japanese-comedian-ken-shimura-dies-from-coronavirus-nhk

 

I grew up watching his comedy on TV, thank you, Shimura-san, RIP. 

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1 hour ago, yude said:

Today, this hit Japan so hard.

 

"Japanese comedian Ken Shimura, who had been hospitalized after being infected with the new coronavirus, has died, becoming the first Japanese celebrity to die of the virus."

 

https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2020/03/29/world/asia/29reuters-health-coronavirus-japan-comedian.html

https://japantoday.com/category/entertainment/japanese-comedian-ken-shimura-dies-from-coronavirus-nhk

 

I grew up watching his comedy on TV, thank you, Shimura-san, RIP. 

In France, everyday brings its celebrity deaths by coronavirus : three musicians, two politicians, four scholars (one of which, the father of a close friend, another, a close friend and support of a friend; and, "ironically", a great American pneumologist come to help, Dr John F. Murray), an author...

Dr John F. Murray :

https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/03/25/longtime-bay-area-pulmonary-specialist-dr-john-f-murray-dies-of-disease-he-helped-fight-after-bout-with-covid-19/

I am afraid it is not the end of the list.
I just hope Japan won't have that many.

And I really hope Yuzuru Hanyu won't be infected at all, not that I fear he could die, but he could lose some lung capacity.

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20 時間前, SitTwizzleさんが言いました:

In France, everyday brings its celebrity deaths by coronavirus : three musicians, two politicians, four scholars (one of which, the father of a close friend, another, a close friend and support of a friend; and, "ironically", a great American pneumologist come to help, Dr John F. Murray), an author...

Dr John F. Murray :

https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/03/25/longtime-bay-area-pulmonary-specialist-dr-john-f-murray-dies-of-disease-he-helped-fight-after-bout-with-covid-19/

I am afraid it is not the end of the list.
I just hope Japan won't have that many.

And I really hope Yuzuru Hanyu won't be infected at all, not that I fear he could die, but he could lose some lung capacity.

 

I am so sorry to hear this :sad4:

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3 hours ago, yude said:

 

I am so sorry to hear this :sad4:

The worse being, for the father of a friend, he was contaminated by a son of his, a surgeon who had volunteered to help with the pandemic, unprotected because our government only decided to order masks and gloves a few days ago, and who sent nearly immediately his father to a retired brother, but too late, he was contaminated and their father too. :-( And the other one I knew, was the support of her two sisters, one of which practically crippled.

Several mayors and councillors are already dead, contaminated during the elections the government maintained without even a rational prophylaxis and information, and many others will. Not counting the electors, of course.

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I suppose this belongs to here?

Due to coronavirus, the Paris Opera is closed, of course, but they are making available The Swan Lake in its Nureyev version, until April 5th (GMT+2).

https://www.operadeparis.fr/en/magazine/swan-lake-replay

 

By the way, the Bolshoi was to follow the same regimen, artists and staff still practising and even performing, without attendance, but I saw photos of everything barred, it is supposed to be because of a case of coronavirus, and there is a rumour about the identity of the contaminee. Do anybody have more information?

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All of this news is so sad. Here, so far, most of the deaths have been in retirement homes, which I find extremely tragic because none of those people could have family with them at the end. And most of them were likely made ill by visitors or the staff. 

 

This disease is extremely cruel. Those who die of it, die alone, choking for air, with loved ones barred from being at their side. 

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On 3/29/2020 at 12:57 AM, Salior said:

just realised my friend already came back from California... not surprised if Yuzu chose to go back to Japan I guess. Hope he spends quality time with his family

 

I am in close contact with my family in Japan while currently living in BC, Canada.  Based on the performance of the two countries - up to this point - I would feel much better if Yuzu stayed in Canada.  The Japanese national government appears to be hopelessly behind the curve, while we see strong evidence of the spread of disease entering an exponential phase.  In particular, Tokyo municipality is showing every sign of entering a rapid increase phase, and the municipality needs to declare emergency lockdown right now (should have done so last week already)! 

 

Unfortunately, Tokyo Governor Koike can't do so without the backing of the national government, which needs to declare a state of national emergency.  Koike herself was late in focusing on this - until last week she was distracted by Tokyo Olympics postponement decision.  Since then, she has (finally) started issuing warnings to citizens to exercise social distancing, but she can only ask for voluntary action and can't enforce any of it.  Prefectural governments in Japan have limited authority and power is centralized in the national government (Japan is not a federated state).  But national government staff had been cut back to the bare bones by decades of austerity measure, and they are especially lacking in technical experts.   For example, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare have few experienced staff with quantitative analytical skills and have limited direct working experience in public health responses.  I know because I worked with a number of them in recent years as technical specialist and policy advisor and was frankly taken aback by the limited technical know-how of some of their staff. 

 

So now, I am afraid - very very afraid - about the situation in Tokyo and for the safety of my family in Tokyo.  I am praying that I am wrong and that the government will be able to get their act together soon.   With good leadership, I am sure the citizens will rise to the occasion.   Meanwhile, on this side of the Pacific, Canadian federal and BC governments have been quite aggressive and pro-active by comparison - nowhere near perfect and with many gaps, but at least they are coordinating and communicating regularly with the public, and learning and adjusting their approach based on feedback, balancing social distancing policies with economic support to the workers.   It is such a contrast with what is happening in Japan and shocking to behold in real time...

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3 hours ago, Umebachi said:

Based on the performance of the two countries - up to this point - I would feel much better if Yuzu stayed in Canada.

I haven't got nearly the level of knowledge about the situation as you do, but simply based on what I see in the media, I tend to agree. Here's hoping for the best-case scenario in Japan from here on out. And that your family stays safe. 

 

 

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11 hours ago, rockstaryuzu said:

I haven't got nearly the level of knowledge about the situation as you do, but simply based on what I see in the media, I tend to agree. Here's hoping for the best-case scenario in Japan from here on out. And that your family stays safe. 

 

 

I agree with the both of you seeing the situation here....it's really scary!

My sister's mother in law passed away last weekend(due to her age not due to the virus),but because of this f...ing virus since my brother in law's family is from the north of Italy(while we are all here in Toscany) he couldn't see her one last time neither he can go to whatever kind of service they'll have.

 

Last night on the news they showed Madrid's Icerink because they are using it as a morgue and my mind went to Javi ,silly i know because of course having  aplace to give a last goodbye to your loved one is way more important then skating but still it was a sad feeling.

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