Information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Iwate Prefecture
We have gathered information on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as well as Iwate’s current status below in English. However, for the most up-to-date information, please refer to the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare’s website, linked below.
Messages from the Governor of Iwate about COVID-19
The number of new infection cases has spiked in Iwate since late April. As of today, May 7, we have had 12.0 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in the last week. This is due to multiple cluster cases occurring in social welfare facilities and other places. Therefore, stricter safety measures will need to be taken to prevent further spread in these places.
On the other hand, certain situations have been confirmed to be the cause of new infection cases, such as business meetings or business meals with clients visiting from different regions, especially from areas with widespread infections; while conversing in work break rooms; and others.
Therefore, we must be extra careful that these new cases will not lead to another large-scale cluster case in social welfare facilities and other places.
As it seems more likely that the state of emergency will be extended until the end of May, it is essential that we will need to implement more measures to prevent the nationwide spread of the virus.
Once again, in order to prevent an increase of daily new cases, I would like all residents and visitors to be more vigilant in following basic safety measures, such as frequently washing your hands with soap and always wearing your masks. Please also avoid any social gathering that is at risk of the “Three C”’s overlapping, even if it only fits one or two of the criteria (closed spaces, crowded places, close-contact settings).
As I’ve mentioned in the past, please continue to refrain from traveling to areas declared in the state of emergency, or manbo (stricter control and containment) designated areas, for non-essential and non-urgent reasons (ex. going home or leisure travel); or please make careful considerations when traveling to regions with widespread infections and with stay-at-home measures.
If you are visiting Iwate from another prefecture with official safety measures to stay-at-home, etc., please also follow those measures your first two weeks here.
Thank you very much.
A Request from Iwate Prefecture
Regarding Safety Tips to Reduce Risk of Infection
COVID-19 Multilingual Guide
The Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare has set up a webpage with resources and guides regarding COVID-19 in Japan. The page provides various information in how you can prevent the spread of the virus, how you can receive help regarding COVID-19 in your own native language, steps to take if you suspect getting COVID-19 or you may think you have the virus, and other useful information.
The guideline is available in several languages such as Plain Japanese, English, Chinese, Portuguese, and Korean. Other languages will be available as downloadable pamphlets. Please follow the link below for more information.
Current state of COVID-19 in Iwate
Confirmed positive cases in Iwate: 1,091
(As of May 9th, 2021, 15pm)
Tests for COVID-19 administered in Iwate:61,274(Results: 1,091 confirmed positive)
(As of May 9th, 2021)
Information on the COVID-19 vaccine
Current state of COVID-19 in Japan
To prevent the further spread of the virus, we kindly ask all residents to refrain from traveling to “regions that have declared a State of Emergency”, unless it is for urgent and essential reasons. In addition, please make careful consideration when traveling to regions that are or have been reporting “15 or more new cases within the most recent week (per a population of 100,000)”, one of several conditions indicating the rate of infections; or to areas that have announced to refrain traveling or going out for similar non-urgent and non-essential reasons.
Joint Message from Tohoku Region and Niigata Prefecture
English Language Hotline
Iwate Support Center for Foreign Residents
For questions or concerns about daily life, visa issues, and others, please contact the Iwate Support Center for Foreign Residents located in Aiina 5th Floor. They are also currently taking inquiries about the novel coronavirus situation in Iwate.
Operation hours: 9am to 8pm
(daily, except end-of-the year holidays and other specified days)
For Japanese, English, or Chinese: 9am to 8pm (daily)
For Spanish: 9am to 4pm (Saturdays)
Please contact us for consultations in other languages.
Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare COVID-19 Hotline
For a smooth and easier communication, the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare runs a call center to answer any inquiries related to the COVID-19 situation in Japan.
Operation hours: 365 days
(Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai, and Vietnamese)
For Thai: 9am to 6pm
For Vietnamese: 10am to 7pm
For all other languages: 9am to 9pm
0120-565653 (Free dial)
Foreign Residents Support Center (FRESC)
A help desk at the Foreign Residents Support Center in Shinjuku has been set up for any inquiries related to the novel coronavirus. If you would like to consult regarding loss of job, difficulties adjusting to life in Japan, new concerns or struggles due to the impact of the coronavirus, please contact the support center for a consultation. Couseling will be available in total 14 languages. Please follow the link below for more information.
Operation hours: 9am to 5pm (weekdays, Mon-Fri)
(Japanese, Vietnamese, English, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Filipino (Tagalog), Nepali, Indonesian, Thai, Khmer (Cambodian), Burmese, and Mongolian)
0120-76-2029 (free dial)
Japan Visitor Hotline
The Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) runs a multilingual call center for foreigners to use in emergency situations. You can call any time 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They are taking questions related to the novel coronavirus – call here first if you think you have symptoms and can’t speak Japanese.
(English, Chinese, Korean, Japanese)
Office of International Affairs, Department of Homeland Promotion
(020-8570) 10-1 Uchimaru, Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture, JAPAN
Phone number:019-629-5765 Facsimile:019-629-5254
You can access our question form here.