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

Photo taken at an outlet of conveyor belt sushi restaurant chain Kura Sushi Inc. in Osaka on July 27, 2020, shows an ultraviolet ray-emitting light meant to kill coronavirus. (Kyodo) 
As of 11 p.m., Tuesday, July 28 (Japan time)
  • The Osaka prefectural government decided Tuesday to request its citizens to refrain from drinking in groups of five or more people as the area has been seeing an increase in novel coronavirus infections, with nightlife entertainment districts accounting for a significant number of new cases.

  • A bodyguard of Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, a Defense Ministry source said Tuesday.
  • Some Japanese celebrities, including 1980s-idol-turned-actress Kyoko Koizumi, have taken to Twitter to express shock and anger following reports that the government plans to distribute an additional 80 million cloth masks, which proved to be unpopular among some members of the public, to help contain the spread of the new coronavirus.

As of 11 p.m., Monday, July 27 (Japan time)

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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 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"

People walk in Osaka's Umeda district on July 26, 2020, wearing face masks amid the coronavirus pandemic. The western Japan prefecture reported 141 new coronavirus cases the same day, exceeding the 100 mark for the fifth consecutive day. (Kyodo)