Here are the latest updates from Japan and beyond on the coronavirus outbreak:
(Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) and Finance Minister Taro Aso)
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.
As of 11 p.m., Saturday, April 4 (Japan time)
- Japan is considering boosting the stockpile of the antiviral drug Avigan to three times the current amount for use in treating 2 million people infected with the new coronavirus, sources with knowledge of the matter said Saturday.
- Wearing face masks to fight the coronavirus outbreak has become increasingly prevalent in the United States and Europe after they saw relatively slow rises in infection numbers in Japan and South Korea, where people routinely put on masks in winter to prevent diseases, health experts say.
- China on Saturday mourned the thousands of victims who have died from the new pneumonia-causing coronavirus, with the leadership apparently trying to underscore that the country has successfully slowed the pace of new infections.
- Chicago Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish expressed concern Friday about the rising incidence of anti-Asian discrimination in the United States amid the coronavirus crisis.
- At least 118 new coronavirus cases were confirmed in Tokyo on Saturday, a metropolitan government official said, the first time the daily increase has topped 100.
- The LPGA announced the postponement Friday of its next five tour events, including the U.S. Women's Open, in response to the coronavirus crisis.
- Far fewer people were on the streets of shopping areas in Tokyo and other cities in Japan on Saturday, after authorities issued stay-at-home requests in the wake of the rapid spread of the new coronavirus.
- U.S. President Donald Trump's administration said Friday it will advise Americans to wear cloth masks or face coverings in public as part of efforts to blunt the spread of the new coronavirus.
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"
( Tokyo's Kabukicho entertainment district)