Coronavirus outbreak latest: April 3, 2020

Coronavirus outbreak latest: April 3, 2020

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


As of noon, Friday, April 3 (Japan time)

  • The Asian Development Bank expects economic growth in developing and newly industrialized economies of Asia and the Pacific in 2020 to slow sharply to 2.2% due to the impact of the new coronavirus.
  • The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in South Korea has surpassed 10,000, with 174 deaths linked to COVID-19, the government said Friday.
  • U.S. President Donald Trump said his administration is considering banning the entry of foreign nationals from Japan as the Asian country continues to see a rise in coronavirus cases.
  • The Japanese government has decided to give 200,000 yen ($1,850) in cash to each household struggling with falling incomes amid the spread of the new coronavirus, officials with knowledge of the matter said Friday.
  • The number of coronavirus infections worldwide surpassed 1 million on Thursday with the disease causing more than 51,000 deaths as the pandemic continues to rage, a tally by Johns Hopkins University showed.
  • Kit McConnell, the International Olympic Committee’s sports director, said Thursday he anticipates the marathon and race walking events will remain in Sapporo next year for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, postponed until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

As of 11 p.m., Thursday, April 2 (Japan time)

List of major facilities, events affected by coronavirus in Japan

Useful resources for foreign residents and visitors in Japan

  • 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)
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s hotline
    – Available in English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    Available via fax for those with hearing impairments
  • Japan’s health ministry hotline
    – Available in Japanese only, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • World Health Organization’s “Q&A on coronaviruses