NHK gave top coverage to a report that one month has passed since New York was put on lockdown. NTV and TV Asahi led with reports that 123 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Tokyo on Tuesday, surpassing 100 for the eighth consecutive day. TBS gave top play to a report that Prime Minister Abe reiterated his call for people to refrain from nonessential outings two weeks after seven prefectures were placed under a state of emergency. Fuji TV led with a report that TV personality Mitz Mangrove may have been infected with new coronavirus.
Top stories in national dailies included requests for business suspension issued in 32 prefectures under the state of emergency (Asahi), the situation that the reduction in social interaction is short of the 80% target two weeks after the declaration of the state of emergency (Mainichi), the three conditions for restarting economic activities – slowing the spread of the virus, increased testing capacity, and sufficient medical system preparedness (Nikkei), the slowing speed of infection in the seven prefectures placed under a state of emergency (Sankei), and a recommendation by the Fair Trade Commission that banks’ money transfer fees be reviewed (Yomiuri).