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

Osaka's landmark Tsutenkaku Tower (C) is lit up in red on Dec. 3, 2020, after the Osaka prefectural government raised its coronavirus alert to an emergency level with hospital beds for seriously ill patients expected to be in short supply amid surging virus cases. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

As of 11 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4

As of 11 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 3


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The Tower of the Sun in Osaka is lit up in red on Dec. 3, 2020, after the Osaka prefectural government raised its coronavirus alert to an emergency level with hospital beds for seriously ill patients expected to be in short supply amid surging virus cases. (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.
    03-6233-9266 

  • Tokyo Metropolitan Government's COVID-19 info
    https://stopcovid19.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/en/flow/

  • Tokyo Metropolitan Government hotline
    - Available in English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    0570-550571
    Available via fax for those with hearing impairments
    03-5388-1396

  • 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
    https://www.jnto.go.jp/emergency/eng/mi_guide.html

  • JNTO's "Japan Visitor Hotline"
    - Available in English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese 24 hours a day
    050-3816-2787 
    +81-50-3816-2787
    (from overseas)
    http://www.mlit.go.jp/kankocho/content/001328767.pdf

  • Japan's health ministry hotline
    - Available in Japanese only, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    0120-565653

  • World Health Organization's "Q&A on coronaviruses"
    https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses