The 2019 novel coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, has exploded in China’s Hubei province and neighboring areas over the past two months. In Japan, the contagion’s strength has been on prominent display aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship as hundreds of passengers have tested positive for the coronavirus during its 14-day quarantine. Off-shore, the disease has spread at a slower but steady rate throughout the archipelago.
On this page, The Japan Times newsroom is monitoring both the breaking developments as well as the larger picture of COVID-19 news in Japan and around the world.