(A bus carrying American citizens evacuated from the coronavirus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship leaves Yokohama Port on Feb. 17)
As of 11 p.m., Monday, Feb. 17 (Japan time)
- The number of cases continued to rise on the Diamond Princess as another 99, including 43 Japanese, were reported, bringing the total to 454 with a few days to go until the end of a two-week quarantine period on Wednesday.
- Popular Japanese boy band Arashi will forgo a concert scheduled in Beijing in the spring due to the outbreak of a new coronavirus, their agent said Monday.
- Major Japanese automakers said they partially resumed operations on Monday at factories in China after they had been suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak.
- Organizers of next month's Tokyo Marathon said Monday they will allow only elite athletes, including wheelchair racers, to take part in the upcoming pre-Olympic event, as Japan steps up efforts to contain the coronavirus outbreak.
- Singapore and Thailand on Monday downgraded projections for their economies this year over concerns that a new coronavirus outbreak in China could hurt tourism and other sectors.
- The Imperial Household Agency said Monday it has canceled a birthday event for Emperor Naruhito at the Imperial Palace scheduled on the weekend due to concern that the public event could contribute to the spread of the new coronavirus.
- Two U.S. government-chartered planes carrying 328 American citizens who were confined on coronavirus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship departed Tokyo from Haneda airport Monday morning.
- Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Israel and Italy have said they are preparing to send chartered flights to Japan to evacuate citizens from the vessel, which is quarantined in Yokohama.
- Japan's fifth chartered flight to evacuate its nationals and their family members from Wuhan, the epicenter of COVID-19, and elsewhere in Hubei Province arrived at Haneda airport Monday morning with 65 passengers aboard.
- China reported Monday morning 2,048 more coronavirus infections and 105 deaths, bringing the total to 70,548 cases and 1,770 deaths, the vast majority in Hubei Province.
As of 11 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 16 (Japan time)
- Taiwan reported the island's first coronavirus-related death on Sunday. The man in his 60s, who had a history of diabetes, had not traveled abroad.
- The number of new coronavirus infections among passengers and crew of the Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined near Tokyo has risen by 70 to 355 as of Sunday evening. Of the 70, 38 had shown no symptoms, such as fever and coughing.
- The number of infections confirmed in Japan grew to 414, including the 355 people from the Diamond Princess.
- "We agreed the present situation represents the early stage of a domestic outbreak. This could progress further," Takaji Wakita, head of Japan's National Institute of Infectious Diseases, said Sunday after a government task force meeting.
- An American passenger who was among the hundreds who disembarked Friday in Cambodia from the Westerdam cruise ship has been confirmed in Malaysia as being infected with the new coronavirus. The Malaysian government said it will ban all cruise ships that departed or transited from any ports in China from entering Malaysia.
- Japan could lose $1.29 billion in tourism revenue in the January-March period due to international flight restrictions stemming from the new coronavirus outbreak, according to an estimate by the International Civil Aviation Organization.
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
- Japan's health ministry hotline (in Japanese)
0120-565653 [9 a.m. to 9 p.m.]
- World Health Organization's "Q&A on coronaviruses"