Here are the latest updates from Japan and beyond on the coronavirus outbreak:
As of 11 p.m., Monday, June 29 (Japan time)
- Shipping container hotels are helping local authorities in Japan in their fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic, acting as sites for testing patients.
- Japan will add another 18 countries including Algeria, Cuba and Iraq to its entry ban list as part of border control measures to contain the spread of COVID-19, the government said Monday.
- The global death toll from the novel coronavirus has topped 500,000, a tally by Johns Hopkins University showed.
- Candidates running in Tokyo's gubernatorial election have been hammering at each other over the capital's management of the coronavirus pandemic and the appropriateness of Tokyo hosting the Olympics and the Paralympics next year.
As of 11 p.m., Sunday, June 28 (Japan time)
The number of people infected with the novel coronavirus has topped 10 million globally, a tally by Johns Hopkins University showed Sunday.
- The Tokyo metropolitan government reported on Sunday 60 new coronavirus infections in the capital, up from 57 the previous day and hitting the highest number of daily cases since Japan fully lifted the nationwide state of emergency over the pandemic in late May.
- Both students and company officials feel that online recruitment, introduced amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, fails to provide adequate information about what companies are actually like, a survey conducted by university students shows.
- Municipalities across Japan have been offering a range of novel financial aid schemes to help those engaged in cultural and artistic activities ride out the coronavirus pandemic.
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 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"