Here are the latest updates from Japan and elsewhere on the coronavirus outbreak:
Starting at 6 p.m., Saturday, August 8 (Japanese time)
Japan and Beyond: Week in Photos – August 1-7
As 11 p.m., Friday, August 7 (Japanese time)
- Japan confirmed a record 1,580 new coronavirus infections on Friday, as cases continue to rise across the country, especially in urban areas like Tokyo and Osaka.
- Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. announced on Friday that it will produce and sell in Japan a COVID-19 vaccine under development by the American biotechnology company Novavax Inc.
- India reported on Friday that its coronavirus cases had doubled in three weeks to over 2 million, a sign that the second most populous country in the world is struggling to slow the spread of the virus.
- Teachers and education officials ask students to pay special attention the risk of heat exhaustion this summer, as many schools across Japan are shortening their summer vacation and holding more classes than usual to make up for closures due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
- A Philippine health official said on Friday that a clinical trial for Japanese influenza drug Avigan as a potential treatment for COVID-19 has yet to start, correcting an announcement earlier this week by the country’s scientific secretary that it was already underway.
- the Tokyo Metropolitan Government reported 462 new cases of coronavirus infection on Friday, just below the daily record of 472 confirmed cases in the capital at the end of last week.
- Japanese household spending fell 1.2% in June from a year earlier, down for the ninth consecutive month, but has shown signs of recovery after record falls due to the coronavirus pandemic, government data showed on Friday.
- the The Japanese government is expected to close an agreement with UK drugmaker AstraZeneca Plc soon to receive a supply of over 100 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine under development with the University of Oxford, a source familiar with the matter said on Friday.
- The US government Thursday lifted its alert advising Americans to avoid all international travel due to the coronavirus pandemic, saying that the current situation does not justify such a general opinion.
Useful resources for foreign residents and visitors to Japan
- Tokyo Metropolitan Government ” Tokyo Coronavirus Support Center for Foreign Residents (TOCOS)“Multilingual hotline
– Available in simple Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Nepalese, Indonesian, Tagalog, Thai, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Khmer and Burmese, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm weekdays except holidays.
0120-296-004 (toll free)
- AMDA Medical Information Center ” Multilingual consultation service regarding COVID-19 »
(April 10 ~ May 20, 2020)
– Available in English, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekends and holidays. Also available in Chinese, Korean, Tagalog, Thai, Spanish, Vietnamese and Portuguese on designated weekdays. Check the calendar here.
– Available in English and Chinese only on weekdays, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Tokyo Metropolitan Government COVID-19 Information
- Tokyo Metropolitan Government Hotline
– Available in English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
– Available by fax for the hearing impaired
- “Guide from the National Tourism Organization of Japan in case of discomfort”
– Multilingual clinical / hospital research available in English, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese
- JNTO « Japan Visitors Hotline«
– Available in English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese 24 hours a day
+ 81-50-3816-2787 (from abroad)
- Japanese Ministry of Health Hotline
– Available in Japanese only, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- World Health Organization ” Coronavirus questions and answers«