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

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato (R) meets the press in Tokyo on April 16, 2021, after finalizing the government's decision in place of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who is on a trip to the United States, to add Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama and Aichi to the list of prefectures subject to tougher anti-coronavirus restrictions. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

As of 11 p.m., Saturday, April 17

As of 11 p.m., Friday, April 16

Japan and beyond: Week in Photos - April 10~16

People wearing masks to protect against the novel coronavirus dance in Pyongyang on April 15, 2021, to celebrate the 109th anniversary of the birth of North Korea's late founder Kim Il Sung. (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 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
    (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"