Omicron Variant Concerns Cause Japan To Close Its Borders To Foreigners

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The Prime Minister of Japan, Fumio Kishida, announced on Monday that Japan will close its borders to foreigners starting Tuesday, as a preventative measure to avoid a worst-case scenario due to Covid-19 Omicron variant.

“We will ban the entry of foreigners from around the world starting from 30th November,” Those are the words that Japan’s Foreign Minister told reporters, adding the country’s borders would close almost entirely.

It was announced in early November that certain short-term business travellers, foreign students, and other visa holders would be allowed entry, while tourists would still be prohibited.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Japan has recorded over 18,300 deaths without a tight lockdown. With 76.5 percent of the population now fully vaccinated, the country’s vaccination program continues to gain momentum.

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