Here are the latest updates from Japan and beyond on the coronavirus outbreak:
As of 11 p.m., Tuesday, June 30 (Japan time)
- Members of the European Union agreed Tuesday to reopen borders to visitors from 14 countries outside the bloc, including Japan and South Korea, from Wednesday, after months of travel restrictions over the coronavirus outbreak.
- The Tokyo metropolitan government on Tuesday confirmed 54 new coronavirus infections in the capital, with the figure topping 50 for the fifth day in a row.
- The Japanese government's abrupt decision last week to scrap its advisory coronavirus panel drew flak from all sides of politics, but the hastiness of the decision may have given an insight into how keen the administration is to retake control of the narrative.
- Medical startup Anges Inc. said Tuesday it has started Japan's first clinical test on humans of a potential vaccine for the new coronavirus at an Osaka hospital.
- New Zealand said Tuesday the 2021 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, originally slated to be held in Auckland, will go ahead as a virtual summit due to border restrictions in place during the coronavirus pandemic.
- Gilead Sciences Inc. said Monday that its experimental anti-coronavirus drug remdesivir will be supplied to the governments of developed countries at what it sees as an affordable price of $2,340 per patient for a typical five-day treatment course.
- No Broadway shows will be performed for the rest of this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, extending the previous suspension through early September, the theater industry body said Monday.
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.
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"