NHK gave top play to a report that extracorporeal life support machines are being used on at least 15 people in Japan to treat the new coronavirus, saying that four of the patients are now recovering. NTV led with a report that preparations are underway to hold the high school baseball tournament in spring that is scheduled to begin on March 19 with no spectators due to the spread of the new coronavirus. TBS gave top play to a report that the number of people infected with the virus in Japan increased by 36 on Wednesday alone. TV Asahi reported on a cluster of infections at a live music venue in Osaka. Fuji TV led with a report that IOC chief Bach told the press on Monday that the committee is fully committed to holding a successful Olympics in Tokyo this summer.
Top items in national dailies included the results of the Super Tuesday presidential primaries in the U.S. and Prime Minister Abe’s talks with opposition leaders on proposed legislation to contain the coronavirus.