How Japan Made COVID-19 Worse

The Japanese quarantine of an entire cruise ship has turned one case of COVID-19 into 454 and growing. In the time that I wrote this cases jumped by over 100, now reaching over 12% of the ship. Japan has, in effect, laid out a human buffet for the novel coronavirus. It’s shocking, but this one ship now has more cases than the rest of the…



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Indrajit Samarajiva is a writer from Sri Lanka, grumpily in Oxford for a while. Sign up for my newsletter at, and you can reach me at