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Japan still not out of woods after 2 weeks of canceled events

Expert sees virus outbreak continuing until public gains immunity

The Tokyo Marathon was held on March 1 without participants from the general public. There were few spectators.  (Photo by Kosaku Mimura)

TOKYO -- Two weeks after the government called for canceling concerts and major sports events, experts say Japan still faces the risk of a surge in new coronavirus infections, signaling a long battle ahead.

The situation "has not resulted in explosive growth in infections, and our line of defense appears to be holding up," goes the consensus among experts advising the government, acknowledging the measures' effectiveness in stemming large-scale spread. But concerns remain, given that infections continue to increase.

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