First Omicron Covid Variant Case In Japan A Day After It Banned Foreigners


On Monday, Japan barred all new overseas arrivals as a consequence of issues over the Omicron variant. (File)


Japan on Tuesday confirmed its first case of the Omicron coronavirus variant, a day after authorities introduced new Covid border restrictions.

“Relating to the traveller arriving from Namibia, it was confirmed to be a case of Omicron after evaluation on the Nationwide Institute of Infectious Ailments,” authorities spokesman Hirokazu Matsuno advised reporters.

“That is the primary Omicron case confirmed in Japan,” he mentioned, including that the contaminated traveller, a person in his 30s, is now in isolation at a medical facility.

The announcement got here a day after Japan tightened its border guidelines once more, barring all new overseas arrivals simply weeks after enjoyable robust laws to permit some college students and enterprise travellers entry.

The brand new guidelines imply solely Japanese residents and present overseas residents can enter the nation, with few exemptions, and people coming from areas with recognized Omicron circumstances require lodge quarantines starting from three to 10 days.

Japan has recorded simply over 18,300 coronavirus circumstances through the pandemic, whereas avoiding robust lockdowns.

After a sluggish begin, its vaccination programme picked up pace and practically 77 % of the inhabitants is totally vaccinated.

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