NHK gave top play to a report that the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 2,352 points on Thursday in the biggest percentage decline ever, saying that the plunge stemmed from fears that the coronavirus pandemic could have a serious impact on the global economy. NTV and Fuji TV led with reports on a powerful earthquake that hit Ishikawa Prefecture early this morning. TV Asahi gave top play to a report on remarks by President Trump on Thursday suggesting that the Tokyo Olympics should be postponed for a year. TBS led with a report that a woman in Aichi tested positive for COVID-19, noting that she works at a pub where a man deliberately tried to spread the virus after finding out that he was infected.
All national dailies except Nikkei gave top play to the WHO’s designation of COVID-19 as a pandemic. Nikkei led with a report on plunge in the Dow Jones Industrial Average on Thursday.