Japan extends ban on foreign tourists as the number of Omicron incidents increases


Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Tuesday that the government would further extend the ban on foreign visitors until the end of February as the Omicron incident surges.

Japan has suspended new entry of foreigners since November 30, 2021, and returning local residents and foreigners must be quarantined at designated facilities.

“Since the infection situation regarding Omicron is clearly different in Japan and overseas, the framework is [of the current border controls] Fumio Kishida told reporters at Kyodo News. report..

The government has also limited the number of people arriving in Japan to 3,500 per day to curb the spread of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus, commonly known as the coronavirus.

However, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said that foreign residents returning from 11 high-risk countries where Omicron was detected will be allowed to re-enter Japan under “humanitarian considerations”.

As of January 4, Japan has detected a total of 1,191 cases of Omicron, of which 479 are considered to be community-acquired. In this country, the number of CCP virus cases is skyrocketing daily, with 8,249 new cases reported on January 9.

The government has issued a state of emergency in the three prefectures of Okinawa, Yamaguchi, and Hiroshima until the end of January due to an increase in infectious diseases.

The quasi-state of emergency allows the governor to take strict measures, such as shortening business hours and restricting drinking, in certain prefectures.

Certified restaurants are not eligible Such restrictions During a semi-emergency, but they will be asked to stop the dietary alcohol service in a government effort to curb the spread of the CCP virus.

Governor Tamaki Denny said Okinawa Prefecture, which has the majority of US military bases in Japan, has entered the sixth wave of the Chinese Communist Party virus. Okinawa has the highest number of cases of CCP virus among other prefectures, and 1,533 new cases were reported on January 9.

Tamaki attributed the increase in the number of CCP virus cases to Omicron variants detected at multiple US military bases in Japan and accused the US military of “insufficient control.”

U.S. military Japan announcement On January 9, the movement of US military personnel outside the base facility will be restricted to mandatory activities for the two weeks following January 10.

All unit personnel stated that masks must be worn both inside and outside the base and outside their dwellings. You will also need to be tested for coronavirus before and after arriving in Japan.

“”[The U.S. Forces Japan]discuss [the government of Japan]We will continue to monitor the status of COVID-19 and adjust these measures as necessary. “

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Aldgra Fredly is a Malaysia-based freelance writer featuring the Epoch Times Asia Pacific News.

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