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COVID-19: Japan Cut Tens Of Thousands Of Roses And Tulips To Prevent People From Watching Flowers

Thousands of pink buds and hundreds of thousands of tulips were forced to cut by local officials in Japan amid fears that people would gather to see the flowers despite social restrictions.

As of April 24, Japan had recorded 12,368 cases of COVID-19 infections , the third highest in Asia, behind Iran (88,914 cases), China (82,804 cases), and India (23,502 cases).

As the outbreak of COVID-19 raises fears that flower festivals could become an "outbreak" of infection with the new strain of Corona virus (SARS-CoV-2) in the country.

Guardian (UK) on 24/4 said, enjoying the scent of roses waving in the wind is a special tradition in Japan when spring comes. However, due to the disease, this week many workers began cutting buds of 3,000 rose trees of 180 rose varieties at Yono Park in Saitama, north of Tokyo.

The local government canceled the annual rose festival, but Yono park is still open to visitors. This led to the decision not to show 180 types of roses in Yono park blooming. Roses here often bloom in mid-May.

A 76-year-old man who often goes to Yono park said:

“Roses in the period of full bloom are something to admire every year. I think it is a waste to cut flowers, but we have no choice. ”

In Sakura, a town 50km east of Tokyo, local officials cut more than 100,000 tulips and canceled the annual festival due to a crowd of tourists who did not follow the rules of social spacing.

In an interview with Reuters, Mr. Sakiho Kusano - the local tourism official said:

“Many tourists come here on the weekend when flowers bloom. This became a mass gathering so we had no choice but to cut the flowers. ”

Flower lovers will have to wait until 2021 to enjoy the 7,000-square-meter tulip carpet at Sakura.

However, so that the flowers would not be wasted, the authorities said they gave flowers to the local daycare.

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