As of 11 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 19 (Japan time)
- More than 400 passengers on the coronavirus-hit cruise ship Diamond Princess disembarked Wednesday in Yokohama after a two-week quarantine period.
- A large portion of the hundreds of coronavirus infections on the Diamond Princess cruise ship occurred before Japan asked all passengers and crew to stay inside their cabins for a two-week quarantine, a research institute said Wednesday.
- Kentaro Iwata, a professor of infectious diseases at Kobe University Hospital, who inspected the situation on board on Feb. 18, criticized the circumstances on the Diamond Princess through videos on YouTube.
- Cambodia's Health Ministry said Wednesday that 781 passengers and crew who remain in Cambodia after disembarking from the Westerdam cruise ship since last Friday tested negative for the new coronavirus.
- A "superspreader" is suspected of giving the new coronavirus to 15 other people in South Korea as health authorities reported 20 new infection cases on Wednesday to bring the nation's total to 51.
- The LPGA of Japan Tour will hold its season-opening golf tournament as scheduled in March but without fans due to the current coronavirus outbreak, the tour said Wednesday.
- The number of coronavirus cases confirmed on the cruise ship Diamond Princess increased day by day, with 79 more testing positive Wednesday and pushing up the total to 621.
- The first of two planes chartered by Hong Kong's government arrived at Tokyo's Haneda airport Wednesday to begin evacuating Hong Kong passengers stranded on a virus-stricken cruise ship docked in Yokohama.
- Passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship who tested negative for coronavirus started disembarking Wednesday morning in Yokohama after a two-week quarantine period.
- Japan's health minister said there is no need to further isolate the passengers who disembarked.
- The death toll in the new pneumonia-causing coronavirus outbreak has exceeded 2,000 in China.
- Hong Kong recorded its second coronavirus-related death, making it the sixth fatality reported outside mainland China.
As of 11 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 18 (Japan time)
- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday advised people across the country not to go to work or school if they develop cold-like symptoms.
- Japan Airlines Co. said Tuesday it will reduce a number of flights from Japan to South Korea and Taiwan through late March and further cut services to China due to a drop in passengers in the wake of a new coronavirus outbreak originating in Wuhan.
- The number of new coronavirus infections among passengers and crew of the Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined near Tokyo rose by 88 to 542, the government said Tuesday.
- Liu Zhiming, director of Wuhan Wuchang Hospital in the central China city of Wuhan, died Tuesday of the new pneumonia-causing coronavirus, state television reported.
Useful resources for foreign residents and visitors in Japan:
- Japan National Tourism Organization's "Guide for when you are feeling ill"
- Multilingual clinic/hospital search available in English, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese
- JNTO's "Japan Visitor Hotline"
- Available in English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese 24 hours a day
+81-50-3816-2787 (from overseas)
- Japan's health ministry hotline
- Available in Japanese only, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- World Health Organization's "Q&A on coronaviruses"