NHK gave top coverage to a report of the WHO chief’s announcement on Thursday that the Wuhan coronavirus cannot be declared a public health emergency because the human-to-human transmissions seen in China have mainly been limited to family members or medical service providers. Fuji TV led with a report on the announcement by Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare that a second case of the new coronavirus has been confirmed in Japan. The patient is reportedly a tourist from Wuhan. NTV and TV Asahi led with reports on the closure of public transportation in Wuhan on Thursday. TBS focused on the imminent influx of Chinese tourists to Japan during the Chinese New Year holiday season that begins today.
All national dailies gave top play to reports on the Wuhan coronavirus.