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In Japan, coronavirus caution leaves major cities silent


As the new coronavirus continues to spread, major cities, including Tokyo, Osaka and Fukuoka, fell nearly silent on Saturday as people were asked to refrain from going out this weekend.


The requests made for this weekend, mostly targeting young people, left the usually packed streets eerily quiet.

On Takeshita-dori street in Harajuku, Tokyo, most shops had closed their shutters and posted notices announcing the temporary closure. There were only a few people passing by.

The number of infected people in Tokyo has been rapidly increasing since late March. Many young people are infected with the virus, with people from ages 10 to 39 accounting for about 40% of those reported to have tested positive in April. 

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike has asked young people to stay away from such places as karaoke studios and live music clubs. Popular YouTubers are also urging young people to take the current situation more seriously.

In Osaka, only a few people were seen walking around in the Americamura district, and the normally crowded area around Hankyu Railway's Osaka-Umeda Station was basically deserted.

"The number of customers began to drop a couple of days ago. Initially, I didn't take it seriously because I thought it was only temporary, but now I'm scared. How long is it going to be like this?" said a 29-year-old part-time employee of a clothing store.

Published : April 05, 2020

By :  Syndication Washington Post, Japan News-Yomiuri · No Author · WORLD, ASIA-PACIFIC