Regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease

Last updated: April 28, 2020

Coronavirus Updates


We ask that all residents take the same precautions as they would with the regular cold and seasonal flu such as by washing their hands frequently with soap and water and demonstrating proper cough etiquette.

For coronavirus updates in Okinawa Prefecture, please visit the Okinawa Prefecture’s website.
Coronavirus Updates in Okinawa Prefecture (available in Japanese only)

For coronavirus updates in Japan in English, please visit the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare’s website.
About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Coronavirus updates in various languages are also available on NHK World’s website.
NHK WORLD-JAPAN is providing information in multiple languages


To All Residents


Please wash your hands frequently and demonstrate proper cough etiquette.

When coughing or sneezing: cover your nose and mouth using a face mask, tissue, handkerchief, or the front of your elbow. DO NOT use your bare hands and REFRAIN from sneezing or coughing into the air.

Cough Etiquette(Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare website)

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About hand washing
Preventative measures for regular cold and flu

If you recently travelled to Hubei or Zhejiang Province, China, and are displaying symptoms of fever or cough, please contact the Chubu Health Centre (chūbu hoken sentā) immediately. Be sure to let the hospital or clinic know of your recent travel history.

If you display cold and flu symptoms such as coughing or sneezing, please retrain from going to crowded areas such as shopping centres, izakaya, or karaoke shops.


Special Response Meetings


New countermeasures against COVID-19 have been decided at the city’s Pandemic Influenza and New Infectious Diseases Special Response Meeting.

Countermeasures and Response Guideline to the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in Ginowan City (revised April 14, 2020) Closure of Ginowan Public Facilities

Countermeasures and Response Guideline to the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in Ginowan City (revised April 6, 2020)

Coronavirus Hotlines


□  COVID-19 Call Centre        098-866-2129 (Mon-Sun; 24 hours a day)
□  Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare  0120-565653 (toll-free) (9 a.m. – 8 p.m.)
□  Chubu Health Centre (for Ginowan residents)  098-938-9701 (weekdays; 8:30 a.m. – 5:15p.m.) 
□  Japan Tourism Agency – Japan Visitor Hotline   050-3816-2787 (24 hours a day; 365 days a year)

Other Resources


□   If you think you are infected with COVID-19… (Okinawa Prefecture)     
□   Coronavirus updates (Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)     
□   Q & A on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)