Here are the latest updates from Japan and beyond on the coronavirus outbreak:
As of 11 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 3 (Japan time)
- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday wished U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania a speedy recovery, China's official Xinhua News Agency reported.
- India said Saturday the death toll from the novel coronavirus has exceeded 100,000, becoming only the third country in the world after the United States and Brazil to surpass this figure.
- U.S. President Donald Trump is "doing very well" and has received antiviral remdesivir therapy after being hospitalized for contracting the novel coronavirus, his physician said Friday.
- Railway stations in Tokyo and airports across Japan were crowded Saturday, the first weekend since travel to and from the capital was included in a government subsidy program.
- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Saturday expressed hope that U.S. President Donald Trump will recover soon from the COVID-19 illness caused by the novel coronavirus.
- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Saturday sent a message to U.S. President Donald Trump over his contracting of the novel coronavirus, wishing him a speedy recovery, according to Pyongyang's state media.
- With U.S. President Donald Trump infected with the novel coronavirus in the final stretch of his re-election campaign, Americans will decide next month if he will get another four years to revive the virus-hit economy and continue advancing his "America First" policy in trade and diplomacy.
As of 11 p.m., Friday, Oct. 2 (Japan time)
- Malaysia hit record daily high of 287 coronavirus cases since the first infection was detected in January, bringing the total number to 11,771 cases, the Health Ministry said Friday.
- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen have tested negative for the novel coronavirus, his spokesman said Friday, after the country's leader Donald Trump and the first lady were found to have been infected with the virus.
- The Philippines reopened the famous Boracay resort island in the country's central region this month as part of its bid to boost the country's economy as threats from the coronavirus pandemic linger.
- Members of the public in Japan will be given a dose of vaccine against the novel coronavirus for free, according to a health ministry policy approved Friday by its advisory panel, in a bid to curb serious and fatal cases of infection.
- Travel restrictions between Australia and New Zealand will begin to ease in mid-October as both nations see a continued decline in community transmission of coronavirus, Australia's deputy prime minister said Friday.
- U.S. President Donald Trump said Friday that he and his wife Melania have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, after one of his closest aides was found to have been infected.
U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday he and his wife Melania are entering a "quarantine process" after one of his closest aides was found to have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
- Japan's unemployment rate reached the 3 percent level in August for the first time in over three years as the new coronavirus pandemic continued to weigh on business activities, government data showed Friday.
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"