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

Photo taken on Dec. 29, 2022, shows Wuhan's Huanan seafood wholesale market, which has been closed for about three years since the initial outbreak of the novel coronavirus there. The Chinese government eased its strict antivirus measures earlier in the month. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

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  • Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday urged the country's people to pull through as Beijing has "entered a new phase of COVID response," with infections rapidly spreading across the nation following a major easing of the strict antivirus measures earlier this month.

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Japan and beyond: Week in Photos - Dec. 24~30

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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)