Here are the latest updates from Japan and beyond on the coronavirus outbreak:
As of 10 p.m., Sunday, March 1
- Iran's health authorities on Sunday said the country's death toll from the new coronavirus has risen by 11 from the previous day to 54, with the nationwide tally of confirmed infections at 978.
- The number of deaths in mainland China from coronavirus infections has risen by 35 to 2,870, with the tally of confirmed cases reaching 79,824, the country's health authorities said Sunday
- South Korean health authorities on Sunday reported 586 additional cases of the new coronavirus, taking the national tally to 3,736.
- Japan and China are considering postponing Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit this spring, Japanese government sources said Sunday, amid the spread of the new coronavirus
- The lively atmosphere Alcides Escobar expected for his Tokyo Dome return was silenced by Japan's efforts to counter the spread of the new coronavirus.
- Thailand's health authorities on Sunday said that a Thai man infected with the new coronavirus has died, becoming the country's first confirmed fatality from the disease.
- A man in his 70s has died in Hokkaido, northern Japan, after being infected with the new coronavirus, the local government said Sunday, bringing the domestic death toll to 12.
- The Spring Grand Sumo Tournament, set to open next weekend, will be held behind closed doors for the first time in history due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, the sport's governing body said Sunday.
- An Australian man who contracted the coronavirus on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship has become the country's first fatality from the disease, local media reported Sunday
- Ethiopia's Birhanu Legese won the Tokyo Marathon for the second straight year Sunday, while Japan's Suguru Osako was fourth in a national record time at the event that was scaled down because of the coronavirus.
- The U.S. government said Saturday it will ban the entry of travelers from Iran amid concerns over the spread of the new coronavirus there, while issuing an alert to U.S. citizens not to travel to some virus-hit areas of South Korea and Italy
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.
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"