PH post in Japan tells Pinoys to stay at home, remain calm

Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 08 2020 02:26 PM

MANILA - The Philippine Embassy in Japan has reminded Filipinos there to follow Japanese government regulations in light of the state of emergency declared in several areas for a month to fight the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Japan has placed Tokyo, Osaka, the Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama, Hyogo and Fukuoka prefectures under a state of emergency from April 7 to May 6 as part of measures to contain the virus outbreak.

In an advisory issued Wednesday, the embassy urged Filipinos to stay at home, refrain from going out except if necessary, practice social distancing, wear face masks if going out, and avoid going to closed spaces, crowded places as well as close-contact settings like bars, night clubs, karaoke bars, live-music houses, theaters, and cinemas.

“Pinapaki-usapan po namin kayo na iwasan po nating lumabas sa ating mga Prefecture para maiwasan ang pagkalat ng COVID-19,” the Embassy said.

(We appeal to you to refrain from leaving the prefecture to prevent the spread of COVID-19.)

The embassy also told Filipinos to remain calm as public transportation remains operational.

It added there will be no checkpoints, roads will not be closed while supermarkets, konbini (convenience stores), restaurants, banks, post offices, and other essential services will remain operational. Operation of public services such as power, water, gas, telecoms, banking, and garbage collection will remain normal.

Those with emergency concerns are advised to contact the embassy via telephone numbers 080-7000-7979 at 080-4928-7979, or email addresses consular@philembassy.net and atn@philembassy.net.

Those with labor concerns may contact 070-3630-0167 or email polotokyo@gmail.com.

Japan has recorded over 4,000 COVID-19 infections and at least 80 deaths.