Omicron variant, Japan closes borders to foreigners

The measure, which will come into force tomorrow, as announced by Prime Minister Kishida was taken “to avoid the worst scenario”

Omicron variant of the covid, to avoid the spread, starting from tomorrow Japan will close the borders to foreign citizens. The announcement – reports the Kyodo agency – was given today by the Japanese authorities, which had already ordered the entry ban for all foreigners who have recently been to Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe, it is established that Japanese citizens and residents who have returned from one of these countries and 14 other unspecified states and regions must spend ten days in solitary confinement in facilities set up by the authorities. The measure, premier Fumio Kishida announced, was taken “to avoid the worst scenario”. “This is – he added – a temporary measure pending the information relating to the Omicron variant no longer clear”.

Kishida then announced that a person from Namibia tested positive and that investigations are underway to establish the variant that caused the infection. The results will come in 4 to 5 days. The patient disembarked at Narita airport yesterday, coming from Namibia, according to the Japanese Ministry of Health.