Here are the latest updates from Japan and beyond on the coronavirus outbreak:
As of 9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 15 (Japan time)
- Pakistan's planning minister on Thursday warned of another large-scale lockdown in the country, saying there are "unmistakable signs" of a rise in coronavirus cases due to people ignoring safety measures.
- Singapore and Hong Kong have agreed in principle to create an air travel bubble between them that will not require quarantine upon arrival, the Singapore government said Thursday.
- Japan will test measures for preventing the spread of the coronavirus at events with large numbers of spectators in a trial late this month in a nearly-packed baseball stadium in Yokohama, officials said Thursday.
- A record 96,000 households in Japan have received rent support from the government due to falling incomes amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, welfare ministry data showed Thursday.
- Finance chiefs of the Group of 20 major economies agreed Wednesday to extend their debt relief program for poor nations by six months beyond the end of the year to allow them to continue to take measures against the coronavirus pandemic.
As of 11 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 14 (Japan time)
- The parent company of All Nippon Airways Co. plans to acquire 400 billion yen ($3.8 billion) in loans from five Japanese banks as the airline operator's earnings have sharply deteriorated under the novel coronavirus, sources close to the matter said Wednesday.
- Finance chiefs from the Group of 20 major economies are expected to agree Wednesday to extend their debt relief for developing countries hobbled by the coronavirus pandemic, conference sources said.
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"
- Available in Simple Japanese and English, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays. Also available in Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese on designated weekdays. Check schedule here.
- 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"