Here are the latest updates from Japan and beyond on the coronavirus outbreak:
As of 11 p.m., Monday, April 6 (Japan time)
- The Tokyo metropolitan government on Monday reported 83 new coronavirus cases following two days of three-digit increases, as it continues to grapple with a recent spike in the number of infections.
- A state of emergency is set to be declared in parts of Japan most heavily hit by the spread of the coronavirus. So how will life change for residents?
- Comedian Piko Taro, best known for his viral hit song "Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen," and Japanese boy band Arashi have both released songs encouraging people to wash their hands amid the coronavirus pandemic.
- Five Japanese chefs came together and put their skills to work to show their appreciation for the staff of a hospital in Dijon, France, who are working to save lives during the coronavirus pandemic.
- Schools in many parts of Japan resumed classes Monday after being closed for more than a month due to the coronavirus outbreak.
- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe intends to declare a state of emergency over the coronavirus outbreak in Japan, a government official said Monday, as a recent surge in infections sweeps Tokyo and other major cities.
- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been admitted to hospital for tests with continued coronavirus symptoms, his office said Sunday.
As of 11:30 p.m., Sunday, April 5 (Japan time)
- Japan will earmark 1 trillion yen ($9.2 billion) for a reserve fund to fight the new coronavirus pandemic, according to a draft of an emergency economic package being compiled by the government.
- Police in Australia's state of New South Wales revealed Sunday their intention to launch a criminal investigation into how passengers were allowed to disembark last month from a cruise ship despite some showing flu-like symptoms.
- Tokyo confirmed 143 new coronavirus infections on Sunday, marking the highest rate of increase on record, metropolitan government officials said.
- China's health authorities on Sunday reported 30 additional cases of novel coronavirus infection on the mainland, of which 25 were imported, as well as three more deaths.
Useful resources for foreign residents and visitors in Japan
- Tokyo Metropolitan Government's COVID-19 info
- 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 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"
(Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike)