Here are the latest updates from Japan and beyond on the coronavirus outbreak:
As of 11 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 4 (Japan time)
- Coronavirus infections showed no signs of slowing in Japan as the Tokyo metropolitan government on Tuesday reported 309 new cases and the nationwide tally exceeded 1,000 again.
- The Japanese government said Tuesday it has been allowing the entry of foreign nationals teaching at international schools and their families as exceptions to the travel ban imposed to curb the spread of the new coronavirus.
- About 60 percent of people in Japan who developed cold-like symptoms during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic between February and May went to work, despite the government's request not to do so, a recent survey found.
- The government said Tuesday it will, for the first time, livestream Japan's annual memorial service that remembers the victims of World War II, on Aug. 15, as the coronavirus pandemic has forced it to hold the event on a smaller scale.
- The Finance Ministry on Tuesday upgraded its overall assessment of Japan's regional economies for the first time in nearly three years, saying they are showing signs of recovery from the coronavirus pandemic including a pickup in consumption.
- The figure skating Grand Prix series held by the International Skating Union will go ahead this fall as scheduled, Kyodo News learned on Tuesday.
- Republican President Donald Trump is in deep trouble just three months before the election, as the coronavirus pandemic has shown a resurgence in the United States in what could be the clearest sign yet of his failure in handling the public health crisis.
As of 11 p.m., Monday, Aug. 3 (Japan time)
- The percentage of occupied hospital beds reserved for coronavirus patients rose in 39 of Japan's 47 prefectures in the week ended July 29, with bed occupancy rates over 30 percent in eight prefectures, government data showed Monday, raising fears the medical system may soon become overwhelmed amid a resurgence of infections.
- Travelers arriving in Singapore will be electronically tagged to ensure they do not leave their accommodation for 14 days so as to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, the government said Monday
- Two pet dogs of two coronavirus patients have tested positive for the coronavirus, a pet insurance company said Monday, marking the first cases in which infection of a pet animal has been reported in Japan.
- Five-time Olympian Ken Terauchi, who is set to dive for Japan at the Tokyo Games next summer, is being treated in hospital after testing positive for the novel coronavirus, his sponsor announced Monday.
- Tokyo Station's new, larger shopping area opened its doors Monday after a more than one-month delay due to the spread of the novel coronavirus, introducing more than 60 new stores and restaurants.
- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday he has stopped wearing his much-touted government-sponsored mask, which drew criticism for its poor quality and slow delivery to the public, as different options have become available.
- Organizers of the Tokyo Games announced the schedule for the Paralympics on Monday, with only minor changes to the plan that was in place before the coronavirus pandemic forced a one-year postponement.
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"