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  • March 12, 2020
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All broadcasters led with reports that the head of the WHO said on Wednesday that the coronavirus outbreak can be described as a pandemic. WHO Director General Tedros was quoted as saying: “We are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity. We have therefore made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic.” The WHO chief also reportedly said the number of cases, deaths, and affected nations will increase in the coming days and weeks.

All national dailies except Nikkei led with reports related to the ninth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake yesterday. Nikkei’s top item was a GOJ plan to put together an emergency economic stimulus package next month to address the rapid economic deceleration caused by the coronavirus outbreak. The package will reportedly include cash allowances for parents who have been forced to take time off from work to look after their children as a result of school closures and subsidies for firms to encourage employees to telework.

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