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Information Regarding The Novel Coronavirus

From Miyakonojo City Hall

Regarding the disposal of healthcare items such as used masks
(Updated February 25th)

Should you begin coughing or feel the onset of other symptoms, any used mask, as well as any used tissues and other such healthcare items should be hermetically sealed (i.e. sealed airtight) in a plastic bag or container and additionally placed inside a city-designated plastic bag before being taken to your nearest garbage disposal point.

Regarding Events in the Miyakonojo Region
(Updated February 25th)

Due to the nationwide spread of the Novel Coronavirus, there are a number of events throughout Miyakonojo that have will be cancelled or delayed. Further information, including a list of currently confirmed cancelled or delayed events, can be found on the Japanese Page. Importantly, although all efforts are made to keep this page as up to date as possible, there remains the possibility that an event will be cancelled immediately prior to its opening. We ask for your understanding during these difficult times.

From The Ministry of Health, Labour & Welfare

The questions and answers regarding the new Coronavirus posted on the Ministry of Health, Labour & Welfare's homepage have been translated here in an easy to read format.

(Updated February 7th)

 

Q1. What kind of virus is a coronavirus?

A1. These viruses cause coughing and fevers. There are 6 types, of which there are types that cause severe illness.

 

Q2. What's happening with the coronavirus that started in Wuhan?

A2. As of December 2019, a new coronavirus was discovered in Wuhan. There have now been people all through China and countries around the world that have caught the virus.

 

Q3. Can this new coronavirus be passed on from person to person?

A3. Yes, it can. However, this virus has yet to begin spreading around Japan. We recommend that you take the same precautions as you would with colds or the flu:

1) Wash your hands well.

2) Wear a mask.

 

Q4. If you have caught the virus, how long until you get sick?

A4. Currently unknown. It can be up to 2 weeks.

 

Q5. What should we do to not get sick?

A5. Each of the following are important:

1) Wash your hands well.

2) Wear a mask.

3) Wipe your hands with alcohol rinse.

 

Q6. If I've been to China's Hubei province (where Wuhan is), what should I do?

A6. If you have a fever or coughing within 2 weeks of returning to Japan, wear a mask. Then, call your nearest medical center, and head in to the hospital. Make sure you tell the staff when you arrive that you have been to Hubei.

 

Q7. Can I view the information on the Ministry of Health, Labour & Welfare's website in a foreign language?

A7. You can view it in English, Chinese, and Korean. It is machine translated.

 

Further Information

CLAIR has begun distributing information regarding countermeasures against the spread of the novel coronavirus. To keep up to date with the latest information from CLAIR, please visit their multiculture homepage at:

http://www.clair.or.jp/tabunka/portal/index.php

Please note that this page is in Japanese, but a further link on this page will direct you towards information on the new coronavirus, providing in English and 16 other languages.

 

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has also released general advice for the public regarding the novel coronavirus and basic preventative measures you can take:

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

 

The following QR Codes link to various websites and applications that you may find useful for providing further information on the novel coronavirus, communicating at hospitals, or otherwise getting around during these times.

 

Japan Safe Travel

JapanSafeTravel

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

NHK World - Japan (Android)    NHK World - Japan (iPhone)

NHKWorld_Android           NHKWorld_iPhone

 

Safety Tips (Android)                 Safety Tips (iPhone)

SafetyTips_Android            SafetyTips_iPhone

 

World Health Organisation (Chinese)

WHO(CH)

 

World Health Organisation (English)

WHO(EN)


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