Issue #21 of Weekly Shonen Jump has been delayed as a member of the editorial staff has contracted coronavirus (COVID-19).
“As of April 8, 2020, employees in their 40s working for the editorial department of Weekly Shonen Jump are suspected of being infected with the coronavirus,” the company declared in a statement. “The employee refrained from coming to the office from April 2 when he had a fever, consulting a medical facility, waiting at home and waiting for a PCR test.”
“Shueisha has been working to prevent the spread of infection by taking the principle of working from home on April 6, but considering the risk of transmission to the writer and related parties, Shueisha worked on the entire editorial department of Weekly Shonen Jump,” the statement continued. “We decided to suspend. Therefore, the release of Weekly Shonen Jump 21 (digital version and the paper version), which was scheduled to be released on April 20 (Monday), has been postponed for one week, and the number has been changed to Weekly Shonen Jump 21/22 Merger. This will be released on April 27 (Monday). In addition, Weekly Shonen Jump 20 will be released on April 13 (Monday) as previously scheduled.”
The company concluded by apologizing to readers for the delay while prioritizing the health and safety of the staff and manga writers.
While the delay is sure to come as a disappointment to manga fans, the comic book industry is faring far worse. Due to the pandemic, most retailers have been forced to shut down due to state and federal regulations, and Diamond Comic Distributors has suspended shipment of new product altogether.
Weekly Shonen Jump #20 will arrive in stores and online on April 13, while Weekly Shonen Jump #21/22 arrives on April 27.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread. Shonen Jump's next issue is being delayed after one of its editors contracted the disease.