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Yahoo Tech - Apple MacApr 06, 2020
Japan's Abe Set to Declare Virus Emergency As Cases Jump
(Bloomberg) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to declare a state of emergency, media reports said, after coronavirus cases in Tokyo jumped over the weekend to top 1,000, raising worries of a more explosive surge.After last week saying the situation didn't yet call for such a move, Abe changed course and will announce the plan as soon as Monday, media reports said. The formal declaration for the Tokyo area will be coming as early as Tuesday, the Yomiuri newspaper reported without attribution. Osaka is also likely to be included, according to Kyodo News and other media reports.The process for making the declaration picked up pace Monday, with an advisory panel on the virus, which must be consulted before a decision, set to meet at 2 p.m., according to the Nikkei newspaper. Abe is expected to address a meeting of a separate virus task force after 6 p.m.Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters any declaration would be "comprehensive" and based on the opinions of experts. The declaration could go into effect as Japan's biggest-ever stimulus package worth 60 trillion yen ($550 billion) is set to be announced Tuesday.No LockdownThe state of emergency, which comes after pressure from local governors and the medical community, will be issued for specific areas and a time period will be set. The decision doesn't enable a European-style lockdown.Declaring a state of emergency hands powers to local governments, including to urge residents to stay at home. By contrast with some other countries though, ther

Yahoo Tech - Apple MacApr 05, 2020
Trump and Pence Say There Are Signs U.S. Outbreak ‘Stabilizing'
America's surgeon general raised the specter of the gravest attacks against the nation in modern times to steel an anxious country Sunday for the impending and immeasurable sorrow he said would touch untold numbers of families in the age of the coronavirus. The blunt assessments show just how much has changed in the weeks since President Donald Trump's predictions that the virus would soon pass, and his suggestions that much of the economy could be up and running by Easter, April 12. The nation's top doctor, Surgeon General Jerome Adams, said Americans should brace for levels of tragedy reminiscent of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

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