Here are the latest updates from Japan and beyond on the coronavirus outbreak
As of 1 p.m., Monday, May 4 (Japan time)
- As Japan prepares for at least another month under a state of emergency, its large elderly population faces a double fight — not just avoiding infection with the new coronavirus but also making sure the very measures taken to protect them don’t cause their health to deteriorate.
- Kei Nishikori and Naomi Osaka swapped their rackets for Nintendo Switch controllers and met on court in the Mario Tennis Aces video game on Sunday during the “Stay at Home Slam,” a virtual charity tournament featuring eight star players and their celebrity doubles partners.
- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will formally decide on a roughly one-month extension to the nationwide state of emergency on Monday to help contain the spread of the coronavirus despite incipient signs of a downtrend in new cases.
- Singapore will allow companies to resume business operations gradually from May 12 while maintaining a partial lockdown until June 1 to curb the spread of the new coronavirus.
- A number of Japanese groups offering humanitarian assistance abroad have recently been forced to evacuate staff due to the spread of the novel coronavirus, casting a shadow over their support for refugees and poverty-stricken regions.
- Rural Japan has largely avoided the worst of the novel coronavirus and is going to great lengths to keep it that way during the Golden Week holiday period.
As of 11:00 p.m., Sunday, May 3 (Japan time)
- Cases of hospitals in Japan turning away patients on ambulance transports, mostly because they are suspected of being infected with the new coronavirus, increased more than fivefold in April from a year earlier, a survey by Kyodo News showed Saturday.
- The forced cancellation of major festivals and fireworks events next summer in Japan due to the coronavirus pandemic is frustrating for the host towns and cities that rely on the cultural and financial contribution they make to their local areas.
- Japan will allow the reopening of parks, museums, libraries and some other public facilities, even in areas with a relatively high number of coronavirus infections, a senior government official said Sunday.
- The Nagasaki prefectural government said Sunday it is sending 44 Indonesian crew members on an Italian cruise ship docked in southwestern Japan back home after they tested negative for the novel coronavirus.
- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is planning to extend Japan’s state of emergency by around a month through May 31 to fight the novel coronavirus, a government official said Sunday.
- The Japan Sumo Association is making arrangements to cancel the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament, which was scheduled to open May 24 due to the new coronavirus pandemic, multiple official sources said Sunday.