Here are the latest updates from Japan and beyond on the coronavirus outbreak:
As of 11 p.m., Friday, June 11
- The Japanese government is considering lifting the COVID-19 state of emergency covering Tokyo and other areas after next week but keeping some restrictions in place in order to prevent a resurgence of infections leading up to the Summer Olympics, an official with knowledge of the plan said Friday.
- Malaysia said Friday it will extend its nationwide lockdown by another two weeks until June 28 as the government is still grappling with soaring COVID-19 cases.
- Elite sumo wrestler Asanoyama was essentially sidelined for a year on Friday when he received a six-grand tournament suspension for breaking the Japan Sumo Association's coronavirus safety guidelines ahead of the Summer Grand Sumo in May.
- Japan is in the process of approving Moderna Inc.'s COVID-19 vaccine for use on adolescents aged 12 to 17, the government's top spokesman said Friday.
- The leaders of the Group of Seven industrialized countries will kick off their three-day talks in Britain later Friday, with the focus expected to be on the coronavirus pandemic response, economic recovery and the challenges they face as democracies amid the rise of China.
- The leaders of the Group of Seven industrialized countries are expected to pledge during the upcoming summit meeting to provide at least 1 billion coronavirus vaccine doses to the world in an effort to end the pandemic in 2022, the British government said Thursday.
As of 11 p.m., Thursday, June 10
- The Japanese government decided Thursday to lift the COVID-19 quasi-state of emergency in three prefectures after this weekend as infections have subsided.
- The U.S. government said Thursday it will purchase and donate 500 million doses of Pfizer Inc.'s coronavirus vaccine to more than 90 lower-income countries and the African Union, an announcement that came just ahead of the Group of Seven summit meeting in Britain.
- The Japanese government is considering allowing elderly people nationwide to book coronavirus vaccinations at two state-run mass inoculation centers in Tokyo and Osaka, government sources said Thursday.
- The International Olympic Committee said Wednesday 75 percent of prospective Olympic and Paralympic Village residents have either already been vaccinated or are scheduled to be vaccinated, with the figure set to rise to over 80 percent when the games start. The village officially opens on July 14.
- The Tokyo Olympic organizing committee's plan to use GPS as one of the measures against COVID-19 is not intended to monitor the real-time whereabouts of people from overseas, but to trace and confirm their movements retroactively if a problem arises, its CEO said Wednesday.
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"