Omicron Variant: Japan to ban foreign arrivals, Hong kong records 3rd case

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Japan on Monday said it would ban all new foreign arrivals from Tuesday, Kyodo news agency reported.

The Japanese government had earlier said it was considering reviving a blanket ban on foreign arrivals due to concerns regarding the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

Japan’s border restrictions were eased in early November, allowing students, business people and technical interns into the country as long as their sponsors took on the responsibility to monitor their movements in the country, Kyodo reported.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong has recorded its third case of the Omicron variant health officials said Monday.

At a press conference, the officials identified the third Omicron case as a 37-year-old man who arrived in Hong Kong from Nigeria last Wednesday.

He was undergoing quarantine at a hotel and a sample collected on the third day after his arrival tested positive.

Officials stressed that the variant had not spread into the community as all three cases were from quarantined travelers.

The first two cases involve a man who had traveled from South Africa and another man who was staying across the hall from him in the same quarantine hotel.

All three people were asymptomatic and fully vaccinated.

Omicron has now been detected in a number of countries around the world, including Australia, Belgium, Britain, Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany, Israel, Italy and the Netherlands.


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