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

People pray outside Malate Catholic Church in Manila on Dec. 16, 2020, marking the official start of Simbang Gabi, a nine-day series of early morning masses practiced by Filipino Catholics across the Philippines toward Christmas. The number of people allowed to enter the church was cut to 30 to 50 percent of capacity this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

As of 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 17

As of 11 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 16

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Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga meets the press at his office in Tokyo on Dec. 16, 2020. Suga apologized after facing mounting criticism for participating in year-end dinner parties despite the government's warnings to the public to refrain from dining in large groups to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. (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"