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

The opening ceremony for the 32 teams that had been selected for the canceled spring invitational high school baseball championship is held at Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya, western Japan, on Aug. 10, 2020. Following the cancellation due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Japan High School Baseball Federation decided in June to invite the 32 teams to play at the iconic stadium in Hyogo Prefecture without spectators in a friendly series over a six-day period. (Kyodo)


As of 11 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 11 (Japan time)

As of 11 p.m., Monday, Aug. 10 (Japan time)

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A father and his one-year-old daughter play in a river in Tokyo on Aug. 8, 2020. The family gave up visiting his parents' home in Ishikawa Prefecture, central Japan, and instead opted to spend the summer near their Tokyo home amid the continued spread of the novel coronavirus. (Kyodo)

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"