Japan to introduce fines penalising those breaking Covid-19 safety measures

Unlike many countries in the world which impose penalties for those breaking Covid-19 restrictions, Japan has thus far not implemented similar measures. But that’s about to change.

Following its approval by the Lower House yesterday, Monday February 1, Japan could enact the new penalty bill as soon as Wednesday February 3 to help combat the pandemic. Currently the proposed law is being debated in the Upper House.

According to a Japan Times report, the proposed penalties are:

  • Up to ¥500,000 fine for Covid-19 patients who refuse to be hospitalised
  • Up to ¥300,000 fine for ‘those who fail to participate’
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Africa: Why Healthy Food and Its Local Production Should Be Part of the Covid-19 Response

When a pandemic hits, questions that immediately arise include what impact there will be on public health, the economy and other aspects of society. Another set of questions involves response priorities for governments and households.

Food is central to both sets of questions. On the one hand, access to sufficient, nutritious food is threatened. On the other, focusing on food offers promising pandemic response options.

Reports from various countries highlight concerns about the impact of COVID-19 and pandemic response measures on food supplies, whether due to shortages, price rises or cash constraints. Even in rich countries, anxiety about possible shortages

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Why healthy food and its local production should be part of the COVID-19 response

Why healthy food and its local production should be part of the COVID-19 response
Fruit and vegetables at a market in Kenya. The WHO is pushing for consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, fish and unsaturated fats. Credit: Shutterstock

When a pandemic hits, questions that immediately arise include what impact there will be on public health, the economy and other aspects of society. Another set of questions involves response priorities for governments and households.

Food is central to both sets of questions. On the one hand, access to sufficient, nutritious food is threatened. On the other, focusing on food offers promising pandemic response options.

Reports from various countries highlight concerns about

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Disney World brings back food festivals with COVID-19 restrictions in place

Walt Disney World is ramping up tourism efforts in the New Year, though obviously with COVID-19 restrictions in place. 

The most magical place on Earth is inviting guests back to a series of food events, including the Food and Wine Classic, its annual dining festival. However, in the age of the pandemic, expect your favorite cast members to be dressed up in personal protective equipment. Touchless menus and temperature checks will also be the norm at these events. 

Disney is bringing back its food and wine events with COVID-19 restrictions in place. 

Disney is bringing back its food and wine events with COVID-19 restrictions in place. 
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