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Multilingual coronavirus hotline launching in Japan, includes English, Chinese, Korean and more

The hotline will provide information in eight languages on coronavirus symptoms and seeing a doctor

Kaila Imada

With Tokyo, Osaka and five other prefectures in Japan now under a state of emergency until the end of Golden Week on May 6, the Covid-19 coronavirus situation is getting more complex. To help foreigners in Japan during this difficult time, the AMDA Medical Information Center has set up a multilingual phone hotline for coronavirus inquiries. 

The not-for-profit organisation and medical support says the hotline will be available in eight different languages and will be open from 10am to 5pm from April 10 until May 20. English will be available on all days, while the seven other languages – Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Vietnamese, Thai, Portuguese and Filipino – will only be available on designated days and times.

The main hotline number, for all languages, is 03 6233 9266. On weekdays, there's an additional phone line just for English and Chinese speakers which can be reached at 090 3359 8324.

Under the guidelines released by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, the hotline will mainly provide crucial information regarding coronavirus symptoms you should look out for, and where to go if you believe you have contracted the virus.

For live updates on the Covid-19 coronavirus situation in Tokyo and Japan, click here.

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