Here are the latest updates from Japan and beyond on the coronavirus outbreak:
As of 11:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 29 (Japan time)
- As fans wait to hear whether there will be a Spring Grand Sumo Tournament next week, a group of young sumo hopefuls gathered for their first test on Saturday, where stablemasters in protective masks added to a tense atmosphere.
- South Korea confirmed Saturday another 813 cases of the new coronavirus, taking the country's total number of infections to 3,150.
- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Saturday his government will create another emergency package by using reserve funds worth over 270 billion yen ($2.5 billion) in around 10 days to help cushion the fallout from the spread of the new coronavirus.
- A perceived lack of leadership and a sense of crisis in the early stages of the government's coronavirus response have dented public trust, political analysts say, despite Prime Minsiter Shinzo Abe's pledge to take pre-emptive steps against the spread of the pneumonia-causing virus.
- Professional baseball games were held behind closed doors across Japan on Saturday amid mounting concerns over the spread of the new coronavirus.
- Plans to invite the Chinese table tennis team to train in Japan have hit a hurdle as a prospective host municipality has backed down to deal with the coronavirus outbreak, Japan Table Tennis Association sources said Saturday.
- China's factory activity in February plunged to a record low since comparable data became available in January 2005, government data showed Saturday, underscoring the impact of the new coronavirus on the world's second-largest economy.
- The U.S. government is considering imposing new restrictions on travelers from Japan and South Korea, who are seeing a spread of the coronavirus in their countries, CNN reported Friday, citing people familiar with the matter
- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw military drills Friday, the country's state-run media said Saturday in its first mention of Kim's activities in about two weeks, as the country remained on alert over the spread of the new coronavirus
- New coronavirus outbreak weighs on transportation and tourism sectors in Japan, with fears about infection making people reluctant to venture outdoors
- The World Health Organization on Friday raised its global risk assessment over the new coronavirus stemming from China to the highest level, but stopped short of declaring it a pandemic, saying there is still a chance of containing the disease.
As of midnight, Friday, Feb. 28 (Japan time)
- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed with China's foreign policy chief on Friday to continue preparations for Chinese President Xi Jinping's upcoming state visit to Japan amid speculation the trip will be postponed due to the deadly coronavirus outbreak.
- The government on Friday called on e-commerce firms to temporarily halt online auctions for face masks and disinfectants, aiming to prevent resellers from taking advantage of heightened demand amid the coronavirus outbreak.
- A British man who tested positive for the new coronavirus on the cruise ship Diamond Princess has died, the Japanese health ministry said Friday.
- Months-long protests that once crowded Hong Kong's streets on a weekly, and at times even daily, basis have almost completely halted since the outbreak of the new pneumonia-causing coronavirus last month. But public discontent with the city's leadership has only widened, a public opinion poll revealed Tuesday.
- South Korea continued to grapple with a surge in coronavirus infections on Friday as it reported 571 new cases, nearly doubling the total to 2,337 in just two days.
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"