1. The Japanese government is pushing ahead with plans to get the economy back on track even as the outbreak continues to spread. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga Yoshihide said, “I think it’s necessary to strike a balance of social and economic activities while taking effective measures to prevent infection.”
  2. Florida has become the second U.S. state, following California, to exceed New York’s total number of coronavirus cases. The spread of infection remains serious across the country, especially in the West and the South.
  3. The death of Japanese fashion designer Yamamoto Kansai has been widely reported overseas. Reuters reported that Yamamoto became the first Japanese designer to hold a show in London in 1971, blending traditional Japanese motifs, including designs from Kabuki theater, with fantasy in bright, bold designs.