Here are the latest COVID-19 updates from Japan and beyond:

Residents practice social distancing as they line up for COVID-19 testing in the western part of Shanghai, where a lockdown began to curb coronavirus infections, on April 1, 2022. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

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  • China's financial hub of Shanghai came under lockdown for nine days starting Monday, with each half of the city to be shut down in turns to conduct mass COVID-19 testing, sparking fears about the outlook for the world's second-largest economy.

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Japan and beyond: Week in Photos - March 26~April 1

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Useful resources for foreign residents and visitors in Japan

  • Health ministry call center 
    COVID-19: 0120-565-653 (toll free)
    COVID-19 Vaccines: 0120-761-770 (toll free)
    -Interpreters available for English, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; for Thai 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; for Vietnamese 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

  • Health ministry's COVID-19 Vaccine Navigation website

  • 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)