Here are the latest updates from Japan and beyond on the coronavirus outbreak:
As of 11 p.m., Saturday, March 28 (Japan time)
- A total of 58 people, including 26 people with disabilities, have been infected with the new coronavirus at a welfare facility in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, the local government said Saturday.
- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Saturday Japan will compile the "boldest-ever" stimulus package to address the economic impact from the coronavirus outbreak, including cash handouts to underpin household spending.
- Tokyo saw at least 60 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday, the largest record for a single day, sources at the metropolitan government said
- About 78 percent of people think the decision earlier this week to postpone this summer's Tokyo Olympics for about one year due to the global coronavirus pandemic was "appropriate," a Kyodo News survey showed Saturday.
- The global coronavirus pandemic could result in a 1 trillion yen ($9.3 billion) fall in combined revenue for the Japanese airline industry in the next 12 months, according to an estimate by a domestic aviation organization.
- Tokyo and surrounding areas were unusually quiet on Saturday after the metropolitan government called on residents to refrain from going outside over the weekend for nonessential reasons in a bid to fight a recent surge in the number of coronavirus infections in the Japanese capital.
- A U.S. naval base outside Tokyo has been locked down through the weekend after an aircraft carrier using the base as its home port reported coronavirus infection cases on board, Fox News said Friday, citing U.S. officials.
- The U.S. Congress on Friday passed a $2 trillion relief package, the largest in U.S. history, to mitigate the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, featuring direct payments to households and support to battered industries such as airlines.
- The International Monetary Fund said Friday that the global economy has fallen into a recession, with economic and social activities increasingly curtailed in many countries in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
As of 11 p.m., Friday, March 27 (Japan time)
- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Friday he has tested positive for coronavirus and is experiencing mild symptoms.
- World Athletics President Sebastian Coe said Friday the schedule of the next athletics world championships, slated for August 2021 in Oregon, will be determined flexibly in consideration of the postponement of this summer's Olympic Games for about a year amid the coronavirus pandemic.
- As the coronavirus pandemic continues to test health care systems of some of the world's wealthiest nations, vulnerable Pacific island countries are closing their borders and preparing themselves for potential outbreaks in the region.
- The health ministry said Friday 92 passengers and crew members aboard a flight from Chicago to Narita airport near Tokyo were allowed to enter Japan without being asked to self-isolate for 14 days and refrain from using public transport.
- Japan's professional basketball league said Friday it will cancel the remainder of the season due to the coronavirus pandemic.
- Toyota Motor Corp. has asked two Japanese megabanks to set up a credit line totaling 1 trillion yen ($9.2 billion), company sources said Friday, a move that signals the carmaker is struggling with rising funding costs in the market due to the coronavirus outbreak.
- U.S. President Donald Trump said Friday that he has agreed with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to join hands to tackle the new pneumonia-causing coronavirus.
- A man was arrested Friday on suspicion of obstructing business after he allegedly delayed a domestic flight in Japan a day earlier immediately before takeoff by telling cabin crew he was infected with the novel coronavirus.
- The United States has overtaken China to become the country with the world's largest number of confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, data by the Johns Hopkins University showed Thursday.
- Leaders from the Group of 20 economies said Thursday they are pumping $5 trillion into the world economy as part of their joint pledge to use all policy tools available to cushion the fallout from the global coronavirus pandemic.
- Hanshin Tigers pitcher Shintaro Fujinami became the first professional baseball player in Japan to test positive for the new coronavirus, a source with knowledge of the matter said Thursday.
- China on Thursday reported 67 new cases of coronavirus infection among people arriving from abroad, but no new instances of local transmission for the second day in a row, prompting the country's authorities to effectively ban the entry of all foreigners.
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"