NHK gave top play to a report that there were 266 new cases of COVID-19 in Japan on Wednesday, surpassing 200 for two consecutive days. Fuji TV and TV Asahi led with reports that an infant in Yamanashi has tested positive for the virus and is currently unconscious. Her parents reportedly tested negative. NTV and TBS led with reports on a press conference held last night by members of a government panel of experts on COVID-19, who warned that Japan’s healthcare system could collapse before an explosive rise of cases occurs in urban areas.
Top stories in national dailies included the warning by the experts’ panel (Asahi, Yomiuri, Sankei), Japan’s low rate of coronavirus testing (Nikkei), and the Tankan survey showing a plunge in business sentiment (Mainichi).