Important Coronavirus Vocabulary in Japanese

Posted by on April 16, 2020 – Japanese Study

Many of you guys have requested a “cheat sheet” in Japanese for how to talk about the coronavirus – and what key vocabulary you need to know to understand news updates.

Below we will include a list of important Japanese Vocabulary for the Novel Coronavirus as well as some example sentences that you might find common in news reports about the virus.

How to track infection numbers

Each day the Tokyo Metropolitan government releases official numbers of infection cases at their official coronavirus tracking website –

https://stopcovid19.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/en – English Version

https://stopcovid19.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/ – Japanese version

How to read the daily coronavirus update:

都内の新型コロナウィルスの感染者は、昨日からさらに160人増えて2158人になりました。Tonai no shingata korona-uirusu no kansen-sha wa, kinō kara sarani 160-nin fuete 2158-nin ni narimashita.

The number of people infected with the coronavirus in Tokyo increased by 160 from yesterday to 2158.

都内の新型コロナウィルスの感染者 – Number of infected persons with coronavirus inside tokyo – tonai no shingata korona uirus no kansensha

増えて – fuete (増える – fueru) – to increasse.

Key Coronavirus Vocabulary

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Coronavirus Japanese Vocabulary Infographic
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When discussing the coronavirus there are several words that you will see in many related news articles – and these words are also useful when speaking with your coworkers about the virus.

Infected Person

感染者

Kansen-sha

Declaration of State of Emergency

緊急事態宣言

Kinkyū jitai sengen

Capital Region

首都圏

Shutoken

Within metro (tokyo)

都内

Tonai

Deceased

死者

Shisha

Cluster

クラスター(感染した集団)

Kurasutā (kansen shita shūdan)

Pandemic

パンデミック(世界的大流行)

Pandemikku (sekai-teki dairyūkō)

Rate / Percentage

割合

Wariai

To raise, lift, boost

高める

Takameru

Pneumonia

肺炎

Haien

Asthma

喘息

Zensoku

Naseau

吐き気

Hakike

Slight Fever

微熱

Binetsu

Sick Bed

病床

Byōshō

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