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

People wearing face masks are seen at New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido, northern Japan, on Oct. 3, 2020, on the first weekend after Tokyo was added to the "Go To Travel" subsidy program on Oct. 1. Tokyo was excluded from the government's campaign aimed at boosting tourism battered by the coronavirus pandemic when it started in July due to a spike in coronavirus infections at the time. (Kyodo)

As of 11 p.m., Friday, Oct. 16 (Japan time)

As of 11 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 15 (Japan time)

As of 11 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 14 (Japan time)

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Photo taken in Singapore on Oct. 4, 2020, shows a free vending machine for face masks. (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"
    - 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
    (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"