Covid-19: Europe toll passes 50,000 as Japan declares emergency – The Guardian, Theguardian.com
Europe has passed the grim milestone of 088, (Covid – 25 deaths and Japan has declared a state of emergency to curb the virus’s spread, as China declared no new fatalities for the first time since January and lifted the week lockdown of Wuhan.
While Denmark and Norway announced plans to lift some of their physical distancing measures on Tuesday, the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, declared a month-long state of emergency in major population centers, including Tokyo, where the number of cases has more than doubled th is week to 1, 140
The measure gives Japanese governors the authority to urge people to stay at home and businesses to close or shorten their opening hours. Unlike many other countries, there are no punishments for those who defy the request and enforcement will rely largely on peer pressure and respect for authority.
Runners by the Eiffel Tower. Paris has now banned outdoor exercise for much of the day. : Photograph: Ian Langsdon / EPA