On Friday, the United States declared a National Emergency in light of the Coronavirus. The President explained that some $50 Billion dollars would be freed up to deal with the health pandemic. In Japan however, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, on Saturday said the coronavirus outbreak is not at a stage that requires the government to declare an emergency,
Abe, who made the comment at a news conference in Tokyo, also said that experts have concluded that Japan has not seen an explosive rise in coronavirus cases.
The number of coronavirus cases in Japan has risen to 1,423 as of Saturday, said public broadcaster NHK. The total of 1,423 infections includes 697 from the Diamond Princess cruise ship and 14 returnees on charter flights from China, according to NHK data.
Japan has now recorded 28 deaths from the virus, including seven from the cruise ship, NHK said.