The impacts of the new coronavirus are unprecedented. Many countries imposed lockdown to prevent the pandemic from spreading further.
On March 24, the International Olympic Committee was announced that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics would be postponed to no later than the summer of 2021.
The day before on March 23, Governor of Tokyo Yuriko Koike had urged citizens to stay away from large-scale gatherings and crowded areas. She also asked businesses to adopt flexible working hours and implement home office. She warned hat if the coronavirus continued to spread in Tokyo in the next three weeks, the city would be locked down with no other option viable.