As Cases Mount, Japan Rapidly Becomes a Coronavirus Hotbed

Thursday, February 20, 2020
By Paul Martin

Gearoid Reidy
BloombergQuint.com
February 20 2020

(Bloomberg) — Japan is emerging as one of the riskiest places for the spread of the coronavirus, prompting criticism that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government has misfired on its policies to block the outbreak.

The number of infections in Japan has more than doubled in the past week to 84, tying Singapore as the country outside mainland China with the most cases. The government is being faulted for being too slow to bar visitors from China and too lax in its quarantine of the Diamond Princess cruise ship, where infections surged during two weeks docked in Yokohama.

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