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About the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)


Concerning the Overall Lifting of Travel Restrictions and Relevant Measures

Concerning the Overall Lifting of Travel Restrictions and
Relevant Measures 

 With the number of new patients decreasing across Japan and the strain on healthcare systems softening, we are entering a new phase with the Government of Japan’s decision to lift travel restrictions prohibiting movement across prefectural borders starting from June 19. Locally, the Oita prefecture has been free of new infections for 57 days since April 22.

 I would like to express my gratitude again to residents for their understanding and cooperation towards our disease control efforts, not to mention our medical staff who have worked devotedly despite the risks of infection.

 However, the virus remains an ongoing issue to which we must stay alert.

 I would like to request residents to practice and adopt the “New Lifestyle” guidelines mentioned below and remain vigilant towards trends occurring across Japan.

・  Wash hands thoroughly, practise good cough etiquette, wear a mask and maintain safe distances from each other
・ Avoid the overlapping of the 3Cs (closed spaces with poor ventilation, crowded places, conversations with close

 Concerning business entities, I urge workplaces to take proper measures based on industry-specific infection-prevention guidelines.

 From now on, we must shift our emphasis from disease-prevention to the revitalization of social and economic activities.

 To maintain our residents’ living standards, support is provided through measures such as the Special Cash Payment and the Social Welfare Fund. We strive to swiftly deliver various forms of support such as the Employment Adjustment Subsidy and the Sustainability Benefit to maintain employment and keep businesses afloat. Additionally, we are working on distributing funding to businesses struggling from the effects of COVID-19 through the timely and seamless delivery of the Special Prefectural Loan and other lending schemes such as the three-year interest-free and non-collateral loan.

 To support the severely impacted tourism industry, the Oita Prefecture will issue 5,000-yen-per-person “Oita Travel Coupons” to local residents starting from June 22. Joint tourism promotion efforts with neighboring prefectures are also in the works.

 Besides the thorough prevention and control of the disease, I would like to ask for your further understanding and cooperation in contributing to the revitalization of social and economic activities.

June 18, 2020
Katsusada Hirose, Governor of the Oita Prefecture

Concerning the Overall Lifting of Travel Restrictions and Relevant Measures [PDFファイル/49KB]

Guidelines for Consultations & Medical Visits ~ To All Residents ~

Guidelines for Consultations & Medical Visits

【Support menu for people of Oita affected by the COVID-19 pandemic】

 On April 28th, Oita prefecture adopted a supplementary budget to address the problems caused by the spread of COVID-19, the government’s supplemental budget was passed on April 30th.

Each municipality is taking action to respond to financial hardship caused as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we would like to inform you of support mechanisms we are putting in place to assist the people of Oita. 

We recognize that many are struggling due to the spread of this new viral strain, and we encourage residents to make the most of this assistance as needed.
Guide to Special Cash Payments [PDFファイル/86KB]
Guidance on Temporary Loan Emergency Funds [PDFファイル/37KB]
Helpful Apps and Websites in the Event of Disaster [PDFファイル/2.54MB]

Cases of COVID-19 Infection

56th to 60th Case of COVID-19 Infection (19:00 Apr21 ,2020)
56th~60th Report of COVID-19 in Oita Prefecture [PDFファイル/99KB]

55th Case of COVID-19 Infection (20:00 Apr20 ,2020)
55th Report of COVID-19 in Oita Prefecture [PDFファイル/84KB]

51st to 54th Case of COVID-19 Infection (20:30 Apr16 ,2020)
51st~54th Report of COVID-19 in Oita Prefecture  [PDFファイル/101KB]

46th to 50th Case of COVID-19 Infection (21:00 Apr15 ,2020)
46th~50th Report of COVID-19 in Oita Prefecture [PDFファイル/102KB]

44th and 45th Case of COVID-19 Infection (20:00 Apr14 ,2020)
44th and 45th Report of COVID-19 in Oita Prefecture  [PDFファイル/95KB]

43rd Case of COVID-19 Infection (20:00 Apr13 ,2020)
43rd Report of COVID-19 in Oita Prefecture [PDFファイル/120KB]

42nd Case of COVID-19 Infection (20:30 Apr10 ,2020)
42nd Report of COVID-19 in Oita Prefecture [PDFファイル/534KB]

1st~41st Reports

Key Summary from the COVID-19 Countermeasures Experts Meeting

- Japan’s present status - 
Whether displaying minor or severe symptoms, around 80% out of the confirmed patients in Japan have not transmitted the infection onto others. This factor has contributed to slowing the growth of infection in comparison to nations with rapidly rising figures. The outbreak in Japan has yet to escalate at an unsuppressed rates as of March 9, and from this it can concluded that the situation is somewhat under control.

- Long-term outlook -Even if the domestic outbreak has been under control for the time being, it would not be surprising if the infection were to resurface in the short-term future. In face of a global epidemic, recurring cases of infection brought in from overseas can also be anticipated.

- Request to the public -
Transmission clusters have been confirmed in live houses, sport gyms, yakatabune (privately-owned boats) and buffet-style parties. The venues in question share the following three characteristics, and any location posing similar conditions should be avoided whenever possible.

Avoid the three Cs [PDFファイル/492KB]

Advice for Households ~8 Points to Keep in Mind~

If someone in your family has a suspected case of COVID-19, follow the 8 points stated to prevent the further spread of infection within the household.
The guidelines are also applicable to individuals who have recently returned from abroad or regions reporting high patient numbers.

Advice for Households ~8 Points to Keep in Mind~ [PDFファイル/550KB]

Advice for Households with a Suspected COVID-19 Patient (Summarised by the Japanese Society for Infection Prevention and Control)

What is the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection?

  The COVID-19 infection is a viral infectious disease like the common cold. Common symptoms include a lingering cough that may last for around a week and a strong sense of fatigue.
  The incubation period between infection and onset can be anywhere between 1 to 12.5 days, though a 5-to-6-day-period seems to be the most common timeframe.
  Out of the cases of pneumonia caused by COVID-19, 80% display minor symptoms, and relatively few children have been diagnosed.

On the other hand, elderlies and individuals with underlying health complications may be more prone to becoming seriously ill.

Methods of transmission for COVID-19 include droplet transmission and contact transmission.

-Droplet Transmission-
The virus is released via the infected individual’s respiratory droplets through actions such as sneezing, coughing and spitting before it is transferred to healthy individuals by contacting surfaces of the eye, mouth or other body parts.

-Indirect Contact Transmission-
The virus is distributed by the infected individual after they sneeze or cough into their hands and touch other surfaces. Transmission occurs via the mucous membrane when healthy individuals touch the contaminated surfaces, and then touch their mouth, nose or other body parts.


Number of individuals who have undergone PCR testing for COVID-19 (as of July 13, 2020)

59 persons have undergone PCR testing on July 13, 59 returned negative results and 0 returned positive.

Out of the 5,390 tests performed within Oita prefecture, 5,330 returned negative results and 60 returned positive (Patients released from hospital: 59, death toll: 1)

Hand Washing and Cough Manners

1.  Display posters and/or other materials at the entrance to promote good hygiene practices. Poster contents may include ‘please do not enter if you have a fever or any respiratory symptoms’ and ‘please be mindful of others when coughing’. Other precautionary measures, such as encouraging hand-washing and providing hand-sanitizers, should be exercised whenever possible.

  Hand Washing  Cough Manners

2.   Wearing a mask in a crowded space, especially locations with poor ventilation such as indoor spaces, is considered an effective preventive measure against infection. However, unless the wearer’s surrounding is extremely crowded, the mask’s effect is greatly reduced in outdoor spaces. When providing masks and encouraging mask-usage, be mindful to inform event participants of the correct ways to use a mask.

-How to Use a Mask Correctly-

・    Cover the surface from the nose to the chin thoroughly, leaving no gaps.
・    Do not touch the outer surface of the mask.
・    Remove the mask by holding onto the ear-loops.
・    Wash hands thoroughly after disposing the mask in a bin

About COVID-19 Consultation Services in Oita prefecture

For queries concerning temporary school closures, 
please contact the Educational Reform and Planning Division:   Tel: 097-506-5433

For queries concerning work conditions, 
please contact the Oita Labour Bureau: Tel: 097-536-0110  Official Page

For queries concerning assistance for special leave granted to guardians (and the new subsidy policy) in response to the temporary closure of elementary schools and other educational institutions
please contact  Employment Practice and Equal Opportunities Office, the Oita Labour Bureau                  
   Tel: 097-532-4025

For queries concerning business operations and financing, 
please contact the Administrative Creation and Finance Division
   Tel: 097-506-3223 (for business operations)
   Tel: 097-506-3226 (for financing)                  Official Page

For queries concerning agricultural businesses and financing Cooperatives Guidance and Finance Division          
   Tel 097-506-3613                                      Official Page

Consultations for business owners affected by the prefectural government’s recommendations (telephone hotline)
   Tel 0120-936-692                                      Official Page

○Please contact your closest health centre if you wish to receive medical treatment or ask about preventative measures (consultations available 24 hours).

Health Centres


(Opening hours only)

(Opening hours only)

Oita City Health CentreOita City 097-536-2222097-532-3356hoyobo2@city.oita.lg.jp

Oita Prefectural East Health Centre

Beppu, Kitsuki, Hiji

Kunisaki Health CentreKunisaki, Himeshima 0978-72-11270978-72-3073a12082@pref.oita.lg.jp

Oita Prefectural Central Health Centre

Usuki, Tsukumi 0972-62-91710972-62-9173a12083@pref.oita.lg.jp
Yufu Health CentreYufu 097-582-0660097-582-0691a12084@pref.oita.lg.jp

Oita Prefectural South Health Centre

Saiki 0972-22-05620972-25-0206a12085@pref.oita.lg.jp
Hohi Health CentreTaketa, Bungo-ono 0974-22-01620974-22-7580a12086@pref.oita.lg.jp

Oita Prefectural West Health Centre

Hita, Kokonoe, Kusu


Oita Prefectural North Health Centre

Nakatsu, Usa 0979-22-22100979-22-2211a12089@pref.oita.lg.jp
Bungotakada Health CentreBungotakada 0978-22-31650978-22-2684a12091@pref.oita.lg.jp

The health centres correspond in 19 languages.
(English, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Malay, Tagalog, Nepali, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Russian, German, Italian, Burmese, Khmer, Mongolian, Sinhala)

Oita Prefectural Office’s opening hours: 08:30~17:15, Mon ~ Fri (excluding public holidays)

○For queries other than receiving treatment for COVID-19

*Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare Tel 0120-565653 (toll-free)
 (Reception hours: 09:00~21:00 including Saturdays and public holidays)

*Oita Prefecture Office COVID-19 Consultations Desk TEL:097-506-2775

*Oita City  COVID-19 Consultations Hotline 097-547-8235 (09:00~17:00 Mon~Fri)

Oita City’s Official homepage (URL

〇Call Centre for foreign travelers

 Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO)’s consultation services are available to foreign travelers 24 hours daily.
 The Japan Visitor Hotline offers multilingual services. For queries concerning COVID-19, please contact:
 TEL: 050-3816-2787 (URL)

※ If you have visual or hearing impairments, or face any other difficulties in telephone communication, please contact the Oita Prefecture via facsimile or email.

Infection Prevention

・Frequent hand-washing and wearing a mask in public is recommended
 - these actions are also effective against the currently wide-spreading influenza.

・Use hand sanitizers.
・Wear a mask if you experience respiratory symptoms such as coughing, a runny nose or a sore throat.
 When you don’t have a mask, sneeze or cough into your elbow instead of your hands.

 ○DIY Mask

  How to Make DIY Mask (Japanese)    Template of DIY Mask

  How to Make DIY Mask (English)

  How to Make DIY Mask (Chinese)

  How to Make DIY Mask (Korean)

Diagnosis and prescription using telephone or other communication devices

~To individuals with chronic medical conditions~
To control the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, individuals with chronic conditions receiving regular medical advice who require medication for pre-diagnosed illnesses can now obtain diagnosis over telephone and other communication devices (hereinafter referred to as ‘telephone etc.’) through certain doctors. Retrieving medication from chemists using faxed prescriptions is also now possible.

The availability of the services will be decided by the patient’s frequented family doctor based on factors such as convenience and effectiveness. Please consult your family doctor to inquire about these services.

 Suspected cases of COVID-19 infection must be confirmed through face-to-face diagnosis. Prescriptions cannot be likewise made over telephone etc.

 Additionally, prescriptions sent over facsimile or other devices must be of previously prescribed medication for chronic conditions.

Considerations for human rights in relation to the COVID-19 outbreak

Following the global outbreak, the Oita prefecture has also reported its first case of COVID-19 infection.

Defamatory posts based on unverified information have subsequently appeared on social media –these posts are discriminatory and damaging towards the patient, the treating medical staff and people of certain nationalities.

Acts of human rights violation including discrimination and bullying founded on baseless information in relations to COVID-19 will not be tolerated. The Oita Prefecture requests all residents to obtain information released by the national, prefectural and local municipal governments via credible sources, and to remain calm in face of the events.