Japan records eight new Omicron variant of Covid-19

Last month, Japan loosened border controls as it enhanced social and economic activity

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According to the Japanese authorities, eight more infections of the novel omicron variant of the coronavirus have been reported in Japan, increasing the overall number of cases to 12.

The eight people tested positive for the virus when they traveled into Japan from late November to early this month, as per the report from the health ministry.

According to Chief Cabinet Secretary Seiji Kihara, two of them, a lady in her 30s and a boy, traveled from Namibia on the very same trip as a Namibian diplomat who was Japan’s first recorded case of the omicron variant.

Last month, Japan loosened border controls as it enhanced social and economic activity, but it has subsequently imposed the prohibition on foreign entry and restricted daily arrivals at 3,500 individuals.

After receiving criticisms that the regulation was overly severe, the transport ministry urged overseas airlines to halt accepting new bookings on flights to Japan for a short time.

The six other people that were reported on Friday arrived earlier this week from the United States, Mozambique, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and have been quarantined, according to the health ministry.

In reaction to the new variant, Japan has boosted quarantine measures and allocated 10,000 hotel rooms.

Experts claim it’s obscure whether the omicron variety is more contagious or lethal than preceding strains of the virus, but they encourage people to keep wearing masks and taking other precautions.

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