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Japan to uphold strict border controls amid rising Covid cases

Japan to tighten border restrictions. COVID-19 cases double in Japan.

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On Wednesday, the number of reported COVID-19 cases more than doubled from the previous day’s total in southern Japan’s Okinawa.

New cases jumped from 225 on Tuesday to 623, the highest number since Japan witnessed its biggest wave of infections in August last year.

The island nation will keep its borders closed to most foreigners through February as it attempts to arrest the surge in cases, with booster shots for the elderly and the expansion of hospital facilities listed as part of its plan.

Japan had eased travel restrictions in November but later were forced to reinstate them upon the emergence of the Omicron variant.

Japanese Prime Minister, Fumio Kishida, voiced his opinion that Japan’s strict border controls had helped slow the variant’s spread and “bought time” to prepare for the imminent surge.

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