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Japanlife Coronavirus Megathread III

Japan COVID-19 Tracker Another tracker, at city level. Tokyo Metro. Gov. Covid-19 Tracker

Coronavirus Megathread Coronavirus Megathread II

The main body will be updated with mainly news and advisory from embassies. The thread will be re-created once it goes past roughly 1k comments or on moderators’ request.

What you can do:

  1. Avoid unnecessary travel to countries experiencing outbreaks.
  2. Avoid contact with people who have recently traveled to above countries and crowded places.
  3. Wash hands (with SOAP) frequently and observe strict hygiene regimen. Avoid touching your face and minimise touching random things (like door handles, train grab holds)
  4. If you show symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath and/or difficulty breathing) or suspect that you have contracted the virus, please see a doctor or self-quarantine and call your local hokenjo(保健所) here. They will advise you on what to do.
  5. Avoid spreading misinformation about the virus on social media. This includes stories about home remedies like 36 HOUR WATER FASTS or how “people with onions in their kitchens catch fewer diseases” etc.
  6. Avoid hoarding necessities such as toilet paper, masks, soap and food.
  7. Minimise travel on crowded public transportation if possible.
  8. If your employer has made accomodations for telework or working from home, please do it.

Regarding how to get tested:

You can’t get tested on demand. You will likely only be tested if you had direct contact with a known patient, have travel history to a hotspot, or are exhibiting severe symptoms. Only a doctor or coronavirus soudan centre has the discretion to decide if you are to be tested. Please go see a doctor and explain your symptoms and situations to the doctor. They will be able to assess and advise you on what to do better than we can. If you’re showing just light or no symptoms, you are probably just down with a common cold and probably will be asked to minimise contact with other people and/or stay home for 14 days.

News updates

Date
03/24 Govt. unveils guidelines for reopening schools
Olympic extension of 1 year confirmed
Full Entry ban for passengers from Europe (Syndicated article from Asahi)
03/23 Tokyo governor says lockdown not unthinkable
Japan to ask arrivals from US to self-quarantine
Team Canada will not send athletes to Games in summer 2020 due to COVID-19 risks
03/22 5 test positive after returning from Europe The woman from Okinawa was told by a quarantine official at Narita Airport to wait until her test result comes out. But she already went back home by aircraft and bus.
03/21 Abe says schools to reopen after spring break; remains cautious about big events
03/22 US Embassy: Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel
03/20 Japan to not extend school closures
03/19 All incoming people from Europe, Iran, Egypt (38 countries in total) will be made to go into two weeks of quarantine.
Official notice from Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the new visa restrictions. list of new countries inside.
German Embassy is saying that leaving the country now will cost you your visa. (Twitter link) Unverified, take with a pinch of salt.
03/18 Avoid taking ibuprofen for Covid-19 symptoms: WHO
Japan to expand entry restrictions
Hokkaido to lift state of emergency over coronavirus on Thurs.
03/17 Japan to expand entry ban to more European regions
Quarantine office at Narita Airport, has suspended PCR tests since Mar. 11 due to the accidental mistakes of officers (in Japanese)

ENTRY BAN RELATED INFORMATION:

Strengthening border measures related to novel coronavirus (COVID-19): Visa restrictions

Bans on Travelers Entering Japan if they have visited the below places in last 14 days:

Country Area (as of 19th March)
China Hubei province / Zhejiang province
Republic of Korea Daegu City / Cheongdo County in North Gyeongsang Province / Gyeongsan / Andong / Yeongcheon City, Chilgok / Uiseong / Seongju / Gunwei County in North Gyeongsang Province
Iran Kom / Tehran / Gilan Province / Alborz / Isfahan / Qazvin / Golestan / Semnan / Mazandaran / Markazi / Lorestan Province
Italy Veneto / Emilia-Romagna / Piedmont / Marche / Lombardy Province / Valle d’Aosta / Trentino Alto Adige / Friuli Venezia Giulian / Ligurian Province
San Marino All regions
Switzerland Canton of Ticino / Basel-Stadt
Spain Navarre / Basque Country / Community of Madrid / La Rioja Province
Iceland All regions

The above travel bans on travelers entering Japan does not apply to nationals of Japan.

Information on travel restrictions for travelers from Japan (Japanese) Updated 24th March

Ban on entry for travelers originating from Japan

Iceland Azerbaijan United Arab Emirates Algeria Argentina
Armenia Angola Antigua and Barbuda Yemen Israel
Iraq India Indonesia Uganda Ukraine
Uzbekistan Ecuador Egypt Estonia El Salvador
Austria Oman Netherlands
Ghana Cape Verde Guyana Kazakhstan Qatar
Canada Gabon Cameroon Korea Gambia
Northern Macedonia Guinea Guinea-Bissau Cyprus Cuba
Greece Kiribati Kyrgyzstan Guatemala Kuwait
Cook Islands Grenada Croatia Kenya Australia
Ivory Coast Costa Rica Kosovo Comoros Columbia
Republic of the Congo
Saudi Arabia Samoa Sao Tome and Principe Sierra Leone Djibouti
Gibraltar Jamaica Georgia Syria Singapore
Switzerland Sweden Sudan Spain Suriname
Sri Lanka Slovakia Slovenia Equatorial Guinea Senegal
Serbia Saint Kitts and Nevis Somalia Solomon Islands
Thailand Taiwan Tajikistan Czech Republic Chad
China Tunisia Chile Tuvalu Denmark
Germany Togo Dominican Republic Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Turkmenistan
Tonga
Nigeria Nauru Namibia Niue Niger
New Caledonia New Zealand Nepal Norway
Bahrain Haiti Pakistan Panama Vanuatu
Papua New Guinea Paraguay Hungary Bangladesh East Timor
Philippines Finland Bhutan French Polynesia France
Brazil Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Vietnam
Venezuela Belize Peru Belgium Poland
Bosnia-Herzegovina Botswana Bolivia Portugal Hong Kong
Honduras
Jordan
Laos Latvia Lithuania Libya Liberia
Romania Luxembourg Rwanda Lebanon Russia

Entry allowed, but with restrictions on travelers originating from Japan (self quarantine etc)

Iceland Ireland Azerbaijan Albania Iran
Kerala, India, etc. Uruguay Estonia Eswatini Ethiopia
Ghana Gabon Korea Northern Macedonia Guinea
Cyprus Cuba Guatemala Croatia Kenya
Costa Rica Democratic Republic of the Congo
Zambia Sierra Leone Gibraltar Jamaica Singapore
Zimbabwe Sri Lanka Slovakia Senegal Serbia
Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia
Thailand Taiwan Tanzania China Chile
Togo Turkey
Nigeria New Caledonia Nepal Norway
Bahrain Panama Paraguay Palestine Bangladesh
East Timor Fiji French Polynesia Brunei USA
Vietnam Benin Belize Poland Bolivia
Portugal Hong Kong Honduras
Macau Malawi Malta South Africa South Sudan
Myanmar Monaco Maldives Montenegro
Laos Latvia Lithuania Romania Rwanda
Russia

P.S. I appreciate the platinums for the past two threads, but I hope there won’t be anymore as I do not wish to be seen as milking the threads for karma or awards. Thank you.

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