February 19, Wednesday, 2020 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Ms. Eriko Kojima and Ms. Fumiko Konoe

  1. Passengers who served out of a 14-day quarantine aboard the Diamond Princess have begun disembarking, with Japanese officials expecting 500 people to do so by the end of Wednesday.
  2. Health authorities in China say 136 more people infected with the new coronavirus died on Tuesday mainly in Hubei Province, bringing the number of fatalities in the country to 2004.
  3. The global economic slowdown has pushed Japan’s trade deficit to its highest level in a year.