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
A message from Governor Tasso during the 67th meeting of the Iwate Prefecture COVID-19 Countermeasures HQ (December 26th)
Recently, the number of new cases has reached around 2000 people every day and as of today, the number of cases per 100,000 people is 951.8. While a steady decrease has been observed in the last four days, the amount of new cases is still high.
Currently, the burden on the medical system is increasing as a result of the spread of the virus. 41.1% of the beds reserved for coronavirus patients are currently in use, and in some areas, more than 50% of the beds are in use.
There has been an increase in the number of medical workers who are unable to work due to close contact or infection, proportionate to the number of cases observed in the prefecture. It is getting to the point where we are being forced to place restrictions on general healthcare such as testing and treatment at certain medical facilities.
I ask everyone to be thorough in infection prevention measures in order to prevent an increase in new cases and prevent further burden on the medical system.
Soon, it will be the end of 2022 and the beginning of 2023. People will be out and about and meet up with people they don’t regularly meet up with.
Given the current infection situation, anyone can become a close contact or be infected at any time.
With the support of the prefectural medical association and medical facilities, we will ensure that medical treatment will be available throughout the New Year period, however, I ask everyone to avoid going outside if you have symptoms such as coughing or fever, and to prepare rapid antigen tests and fever medicine at home.
I ask everyone, during the New Year period, to be thorough in their infection prevention measures. If you plan to meet people who are likely to become severely infected, such as the elderly or people with underlying conditions, please be even more careful to prevent getting infected and infecting others.
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 on 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 being infected with COVID-19, 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
Number of tests conducted in Iwate: 662,680
(As of February 2nd, 2023, 3pm)
Confirmed positive cases in Iwate: 226,691
(As of February 2nd, 2023, 3pm)
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.
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.