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

Photo taken in the northeastern Japan city of Hirosaki on Oct. 23, 2020, shows specially cultivated apples that carry pictures of Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga (C), French President Emmanuel Macron (R) and other drawing. Some apples will be sent as a gift to the prime minister's office in Tokyo and the presidential office in France. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

As of 11 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 24 (Japan time)

As of 11 p.m., Friday, Oct. 23 (Japan time)

  • Japan Airlines Co. began offering discounted coronavirus tests to travelers Friday after teaming up with a medical institution in Tokyo, in a bid to ease concerns about infections and encourage customers to travel amid the pandemic.

  • The Japanese government will ask companies to extend the upcoming New Year holiday by about one week in a bid to mitigate crowding by people visiting relatives or going on vacation and lower the risk of spreading the novel coronavirus, a Cabinet member said Friday.

  • India on Thursday relaxed visa restrictions to allow foreign nationals to enter India by air or sea for any purpose except tourism.

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Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi (R) and British International Trade Secretary Liz Truss bump elbows in Tokyo on Oct. 23, 2020, after signing a post-Brexit bilateral free trade agreement. (Pool photo) (Kyodo) ==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"