The Japanese government has identified a splurge in KFC eating during the Christmas period as the root cause of a sharp spike in the number of COVID-19 cases throughout Japan over the past few days.

“We have traced a large majority of the new cases to numerous KFC outlets,” Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga told reporters on Friday.

“We strongly encourage everyone to avoid Western foods to slow down the spread.”

The government advised citizens to avoid KFC, McDonalds and any other activities related to Western culture.

“We have only managed to control the spread of the disease by maintaining high standards of Japanese norms and cultural practices,” Suga said.

The government has released a list of activities citizens should avoid until a vaccine is widely distributed. These activities include but are not limited to:

  • Not using an umbrella when it’s raining
  • Having a small head
  • Speaking English
  • Using excited movements with your hands when talking, i.e. gesticulation
  • Eating cereal
  • Sitting on grass
  • Talking loudly in trains
  • Wearing shorts

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