Here are the latest updates from Japan and beyond on the coronavirus outbreak:
(Grand champion Hakuho is pictured after beating No. 3 maegashira Mitakeumi on the seventh day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament held at Edion Arena Osaka on March 14, 2020, without spectators amid concerns over the coronavirus outbreak.)
As of 11 p.m., Sunday, March 15 (Japan time)
- The number of new coronavirus infections reported in Japan topped 1,500 on Sunday, as the government strives to curb the spread of the virus through various steps, including asking people to avoid mass gatherings and implementing travel restrictions.
- Singapore on Sunday said that anyone arriving in the city-state from 12 countries including Japan will be required to isolate themselves for 14 days as part of stepped-up measures to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.
- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson agreed Sunday to work closely amid concerted international efforts to contain the new coronavirus outbreak during their telephone conversation, the Japanese government said.
- Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Sunday that all travelers including citizens arriving in the country must self-isolate for 14 days in a bid to further slow the spread of the new coronavirus.
- The outbreak of the new coronavirus is expected to cut spending by foreign travelers to Japan by 981.3 billion yen ($9 billion), a private research firm said in a new report, revising upward from its earlier estimate of a contraction of 624.4 billion yen.
- The administration of President Donald Trump said Saturday that it will expand its travel ban to Britain and Ireland amid the spread of the new coronavirus.
As of 11 p.m., Saturday, March 14 (Japan time)
- Super Rugby's governing body SANZAAR said Saturday the elite rugby circuit will shut down following the New Zealand government's announcement of strict travel restrictions in response to the global new coronavirus outbreak.
- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Saturday he sees no immediate need to declare a state of emergency and that Japan will make preparations to hold the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics as scheduled despite the global new coronavirus pandemic.
- Most travelers entering New Zealand, including citizens and residents, will be required to enter 14 days of self-isolation as a preventative measure against coronavirus, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Saturday.
- The head of the World Health Organization said Friday that Europe has become the epicenter of the new coronavirus after the illness raged in China and elsewhere around the world.
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"