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

High school students form a human chain around Hypocenter Cenotaph in Nagasaki, southwestern Japan, on Aug. 9, 2020, 75 years after the U.S. atomic bombing of the city in World War II. They wore vinyl gloves and formed the chain by using ribbons to prevent coronavirus infections. (Kyodo)


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

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As of 10 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 9 (Japan time)

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A woman walks past a shop sign requesting customers "apply within" on August 05, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. Many UK businesses are announcing job losses due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown. (GettyKyodo)


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"