With the number of publicly announced coronavirus cases set to skyrocket over the coming week, now the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games have been “postponed”, shit is about to get very real for foreigners living in dreamland blissfully unaware of the pending crisis.

Immediately following the “postponement” of the Olympics, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike confirmed more than 40 new cases of the virus in Tokyo.

Current official numbers do not reflect the true spread of the disease due to extremely low testing and the high possibility of many cases being treated as other diseases, such as pneumonia.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe signaled yesterday his intention to prioritize the economy over lives – a route taken by the US, which is fast becoming the worst impacted nation in the world.

Leaders prioritizing the economy over health are citing theories of ‘herd immunity’ as justification, which is short for ‘let the plebs die to save money’.

The public should be advised to:

  • practice social-distancing of at least 1.5 meters
  • wash hands regularly
  • avoid touching your face
  • cough and sneeze into your elbow
  • avoid contact with anyone, unless it is absolutely necessary

And stay safe.

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