Here are the latest updates from Japan and beyond on the coronavirus outbreak:

(Carp streamers are hung from the ceiling of a shopping arcade in Tokyo's Nakano area on May 2, 2020, during the Golden Week holidays under a state of emergency declared over the coronavirus pandemic.)

As of 10 p.m., Monday, May 4 (Japan time)

As of 11:00 p.m., Sunday, May 3 (Japan time)

  • Cases of hospitals in Japan turning away patients on ambulance transports, mostly because they are suspected of being infected with the new coronavirus, increased more than fivefold in April from a year earlier, a survey by Kyodo News showed Saturday.

List of shops closed in Tokyo following emergency declaration

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Useful resources for foreign residents and visitors in Japan

  • Tokyo Metropolitan Government's "Tokyo Coronavirus Support Center for Foreign Residents (TOCOS)" multilingual hotline
    - Available in Simple Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Nepali, Indonesian, Tagalog, Thai, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Khmer, and Burmese, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays except national holidays. 
    0120-296-004 (toll free)

  • AMDA Medical Information Center's "Multilingual Consultation Service Regarding COVID-19"
    (April 10~May 20, 2020)
    - Available in English, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends and national holidays. Also available in Chinese, Korean, Tagalog, Thai, Spanish, Vietnamese and Portuguese on designated weekdays. Check schedule here.
    - Available in English and Chinese on weekdays only, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • 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
    (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"

(Photo taken April 28, 2020, shows confections featuring a Japanese goblin called Amabie, sold at a confectionery in Ogaki, Gifu Prefecture, central Japan. The confectionery is selling a snack themed on Amabie, often used as an amulet against diseases, amid the coronavirus pandemic.)