Here are the latest updates from Japan and beyond on the coronavirus outbreak:
As of 10:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 11 (Japan time)
- The Japan High School Baseball Federation has decided to cancel the upcoming national invitational tournament due to coronavirus fears, sources said Wednesday.
- Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea will extend their closure until early April due to the spread of the new coronavirus in Japan, operator Oriental Land Co. said Wednesday. USJ LLC, the operator of Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, said the theme park will remain closed through March 22.
- An additional 90 people have been found to be infected with the new coronavirus in a cluster traced to a call center in Seoul, the South Korean capital's mayor said Wednesday.
- A member of the Tokyo Games organizing committee's executive board said it would be more realistic to postpone the Olympics by one or two years rather than cancel the games due to the coronavirus outbreak, The Wall Street Journal reported.
- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said his state will lock down part of a New York City suburb, including deploying National Guard troops to the area, to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.
- The worldwide number of deaths from the new coronavirus has topped 4,000 in two months since the first death from the disease was confirmed in the central China city of Wuhan, World Health Organization data showed.
- The number of confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in Italy has surpassed 10,000 with the death toll rising to 631 as the whole country is locked down to prevent further spread of the disease.
- Japan marked the ninth anniversary Wednesday of the massive earthquake and tsunami in its northeastern region that left more than 15,000 people dead, but health fears over the spread of the new coronavirus caused a number of events to be canceled or scaled down.
As of 11 p.m., Tuesday, March 10 (Japan time)
- South Korean health authorities reported a cluster infection case that broke out at a call center in Seoul with 50 people testing positive for the new coronavirus, in what local media called the largest known case of its kind in the country's capital.
- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday extended his previous request for big sports and cultural events to be canceled or postponed due to the spread of the new coronavirus, while expanding Japan's entry ban to travelers from parts of Italy from Wednesday as infections in the country have jumped.
- Japan on Tuesday adopted a 1 trillion yen ($9.6 bil.) level fresh emergency package for businesses battered by the new coronavirus outbreak, featuring 500 billion yen in zero-interest loans for small and midsize companies short of cash due to sharp falls in sales.
- Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Wuhan, the epicenter of China's new-coronavirus outbreak, on Tuesday, state media reported.
- Japan's Cabinet on Tuesday approved a bill that would enable Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to declare a state of emergency if needed as Japan scrambles to curb coronavirus infections ahead of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.
- The reselling of face masks for profit will become a crime in Japan punishable by a one-year prison sentence or a 1 million yen ($9,800) fine, or both, amid surging demand spurred by the coronavirus epidemic, the government said Tuesday.
- U.S. stocks took a nosedive in New York with the Dow marking its largest single-day points drop amid growing concerns over the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the global economy.
- The head of the World Health Organization said the threat of the new coronavirus becoming a pandemic is growing as over 100 countries and regions have reported cases of the virus.
- The Grand Princess cruise ship carrying over 3,000 crew and passengers, including some infected with the new coronavirus, docked in a port on the San Francisco Bay to start the disembarkation of passengers for testing and quarantine.
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"