As of 11 p.m., Wednesday, April 7
- Japan's government is considering moving athletes representing the country at this summer's Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics to the front of the line for COVID-19 vaccination, an official with knowledge of the matter said Wednesday.
- The torch relay for this summer's Tokyo Olympics will not take place on roads across Osaka Prefecture next week due to a surge in coronavirus infections, Gov. Hirofumi Yoshimura said Wednesday.
- Japan reported Wednesday more than 3,000 new coronavirus cases for a single day, the highest in over two months, with major metropolitan areas seeing a spike in infections.
- The people of Damascus, the Syrian capital, and its surrounding areas say that they feel "suffocated" even as the shelling has stopped and President Bashar al-Assad retains power with Syria's civil war now entering its 11th year.
As of 11 p.m., Tuesday, April 6
- Shimane Gov. Tatsuya Maruyama said Tuesday he will allow the Tokyo Olympic torch relay to go ahead, despite suggesting earlier this year that the event may be called off in the western Japan prefecture if the coronavirus situation does not improve.
- Japan said Tuesday it will tighten border controls on travelers from Spain, Finland and the Canadian province of Ontario in response to the spread of new variants of the novel coronavirus detected there.
- Osaka confirmed on Tuesday a single-day record of 719 cases of the novel coronavirus, even as the western Japan prefecture has toughened measures in an attempt to stem a sharp rebound in infections.
- The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden on Monday vowed to lead in the manufacture and worldwide supply of coronavirus vaccines, appointing a coordinator to navigate the country's vaccine diplomacy.
- North Korea will not participate in this summer's Tokyo Olympics to protect its athletes from the novel coronavirus, according to a North Korean website.
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 10 p.m. (including weekends and holidays)
- 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"