As of 10:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 24 (Japan time)
- The Japan leg of the Tokyo Olympic torch relay, scheduled to begin on Thursday, has been canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak, Yoshiro Mori, president of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee, said Tuesday.
- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach agreed Tuesday to postpone this summer's Tokyo Olympics due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Japanese leader said.
- Thailand will declare a state of emergency on Thursday to cope with the fast spreading novel coronavirus in the country, the government said Tuesday.
- Department store sales in Japan are likely to drop 40 percent in March from a year earlier, by far the largest margin on record, partly due to a plunge in the number of foreign visitors due to the outbreak of a new coronavirus, according to industry body data released Tuesday.
- While the coronavirus pandemic has created friction between some countries, it appears to have brought out mutual expressions of goodwill between China and Japan, two historical rivals with a sometimes rocky relationship.
- The education ministry on Tuesday issued guidelines to reduce the risk of coronavirus infection in schools across Japan that are scheduled to reopen in April after monthlong closures, calling for thorough ventilation of classrooms and warning against gathering in clusters.
- Japan will impose an entry ban on foreign travelers from 18 European countries and Iran to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said Tuesday.
- U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday he does not want to see the coronavirus pandemic fuel racism against Asian Americans, even as he faces criticism for doing just that by describing it as the "Chinese virus."
- The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee called for the postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Games, citing "enormous" disruptions to training and the qualification process due to the coronavirus pandemic.
- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced new measures to restrict people's movements as the coronavirus pandemic starts to take hold in the country.
- More than 15,000 people have died of the new coronavirus while over 350,000 infections have been confirmed as of Monday, data from a U.S. university showed.
As of 11 p.m., Monday, March 23 (Japan time)
- A freelance video cameraman in his 40s working for Kyodo News has been infected with the new coronavirus, the Japanese news agency said Monday.
- The Tokyo Olympic Games torch relay may be drastically reduced in scale in response to the coronavirus pandemic, local organizing committee members said Monday.
- The U.S. Federal Reserve said Monday it will launch an unlimited amount of bond buying as part of its latest batch of measures to support the world's largest economy that has been hit by the new coronavirus.
- Nepal on Monday sealed its borders with China and India for a week, as the government confirmed the landlocked country's second case of coronavirus infection.
- Finance ministers and central bank governors from the Group of 20 major economies held an emergency conference call Monday to discuss the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak, a Japanese government official said.
- The Japanese government will soon tell the International Olympic Committee that it will accept postponement of the forthcoming Summer Games if the organization decides on it as a precaution against the coronavirus, a source familiar with the plan said Monday.
- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday this summer's Tokyo Olympics cannot be held under current circumstances due to the new coronavirus pandemic, suggesting for the first time that the games may have to be postponed.
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)
- Tokyo Metropolitan Government's hotline
- Available in English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Available via fax for those with hearing impairments
- Japan's health ministry hotline
- Available in Japanese only, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- World Health Organization's "Q&A on coronaviruses"