The Misfit of Demon King Academy TV Anime Delayed to July Due to COVID-19 Coronavirus (Updated)
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The official website for the television anime of Shu's The Misfit of Demon King Academy: History's Strongest Demon King Reincarnates and Goes to School with His Descendants (Maō Gakuin no Futekigōsha ~Shijō Saikyō no Maō no Shiso, Tensei Shite Shison-tachi no Gakkō e Kayō) light novel series announced on Friday that the anime's premiere has been delayed to July due to the COVID-19 coronavirus disease impacting the show's production schedule.
The anime was originally scheduled for an April premiere.
Both the 2020 Doraemon film Eiga Doraemon: Nobita no Shin Kyoryū and the Shimajirō anime franchise's Shimajirō to Sora Tobu Fune (Shimajirō and the Flying Ship) 3D CG anime film recently announced postponements of their respective opening dates due to concerns about COVID-19.
Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe announced on Thursday that the government will ask all elementary, junior high, and high schools in Japan close from March 2 until the end of students' regular spring break, which is typically early April.
The announcement came after 15 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Hokkaido on Thursday evening. A Hokkaido man in his 80s, described as "more susceptible to respiratory problems compared to healthy people," died from the virus on Wednesday. NHK and The Japan Times reported on Thursday that the number of cases of the new coronavirus in Japan now exceeds 200. The news outlets reported that The Diamond Princess, a cruise ship docked in Yokohama, additionally has more than 700 infected passengers. NHK reported that eight people in Japan have died from COVID-19 as of Thursday evening. The most recent report from The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday had noted three deaths in Japan proper, plus four from the cruise ship.
NHK also reported on Thursday that more countries and regions have banned entry of travelers from Japan or enacted new restrictions. The Japanese government stated that Micronesia, Samoa, Kiribati, Tuvalu, the Solomon Islands, and Comoros are restricting entry of travelers from every country and territory affected by the virus. Iraq and Israel announced they are restricting entry of travelers from affected areas including Japan.
The first reported cases of the COVD-19 disease occurred in Wuhan, China in December, and then began to spread in varying rates and intensities across many parts of the globe through incubation in human hosts. The WHO declared a world health emergency on January 30. As of Thursday, the WHO reported that there are 82,294 infected individuals worldwide, with 78,630 of them in China and 186 official cases in Japan proper. 2,747 individuals have died from the disease in China.
Japan announced on Wednesday that it will ban the entry of foreign nationals who visited the South Korean city of Daegu and neighboring county of Cheongdo in North Gyeongsang province. It has already banned the entry of foreign nationals from two Chinese provinces, Hubei and Zhejiang.
During a government task force meeting on Wednesday afternoon, prime minister Abe reiterated the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare's proposal last week to organizers to cancel, delay, or downscale their events until mid-March, as these next few weeks are a critical period for containing the outbreak. The proposal is a non-binding request.
Update: Numbers from WHO's latest situation report added.
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