Japan confirms first case of omicron coronavirus variant – .

Japan confirms first case of omicron coronavirus variant – .

Japan has confirmed its first case of infection with the novel omicron variant of the coronavirus, a government source said on Tuesday, less than a week after its discovery in South Africa.

A man in his 30s was found to be infected with the heavily mutated strain after arriving from Namibia at Narita Airport near Tokyo on Sunday, according to the source.

The World Health Organization has warned that the omicron variant, which has already been confirmed in Europe, Canada, Israel and Hong Kong, may be more transmissible or escape immunity from infections and previous vaccines.

Concerns over the variant have prompted a number of countries to tighten travel restrictions, with Japan closing its borders to new arrivals of foreign nationals from Tuesday and requiring citizens and foreign residents returning from high-risk areas to put quarantined for up to 10 days in government designated areas. facilities.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has vowed to take all precautions to “avoid the worst-case scenario” by announcing the measures, which come just three weeks after Japan eased entry rules for businessmen, students international organizations and participants in its technical internship program.

The man who arrived from Namibia tested positive for the coronavirus upon arrival and samples were being tested at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases to confirm if it was the omicron variant.

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