Coronavirus pandemic updates: Jan. 19, 2022



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

Officials wearing protective gear are seen in Beijing on Jan. 18, 2022. The municipal government said the same day that three more cases of the novel coronavirus have been confirmed in the Chinese capital since the previous day. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

As of 11 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 19

As of 11 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 18

  • Three more cases of the novel coronavirus have been confirmed in Beijing since Monday, the municipal government said Tuesday, weeks before the Winter Olympics are scheduled to kick off in the capital on Feb. 4.
  • Japan’s confirmed daily coronavirus cases on Tuesday topped 30,000 for the first time, surpassing the previous record of 25,992 registered in August last year, a Kyodo News tally showed, prompting more prefectural governments to seek quasi-emergency measures to stem the spread of the Omicron variant.
  • China’s trade with North Korea plunged around 90 percent in 2021 from 2019 before the novel coronavirus pandemic began, government data showed Tuesday.
  • Japanese Emperor Naruhito again expressed his hope for the end of the coronavirus pandemic in a poem recited Tuesday at an annual ceremony.

  • The Bank of Japan on Tuesday lifted its inflation forecast for the fiscal year from April amid higher energy and raw material costs amid a weak yen, while maintaining its ultraloose monetary policy to support the economy hit by a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases.

  • Japan will halt implementation of a government system combining COVID-19 vaccination and testing in a bid to restart economic activities in the wake of breakthrough infections, as the highly contagious Omicron variant continues to spread rapidly, sources familiar with the matter said Monday.

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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)


Jan 19, 2022


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