Japan to trial group tours in move to ease Covid border rules | Malay Mail

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Japan to trial group tours in move to ease Covid border rules | Malay Mail

Japan to trial group tours in move to ease Covid border rules | Malay Mail

TOKYO, May 18 — Japan will trial small group tours with travellers from the US, Australia, Thailand and Singapore from this month, the government said on Tuesday, as it experiments with easing strict Covid border rules. The country’s borders have been closed to almost all arrivals since the...

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TOKYO, May 18 — Japan will trial small group tours with travellers from the US, Australia, Thailand and Singapore from this month, the government said on Tuesday, as it experiments with easing strict Covid border rules.The country’s borders have been closed to almost all arrivals since the spring of 2020 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.Leader Kim Jong-un ordered the military commission to act “on immediately stabilising the supply of medicines in Pyongyang City by involving the powerful forces of the military medical field of the People’s Army,” state media KCNA reported.Authorities only recently began allowing some students and business visitors to enter.Wall Street stocks closed Friday with a robust rally on the tech-rich Nasdaq after a tumultuous week that saw markets fluctuate based on US inflation data and an ongoing slump in Chinese exports.There are no plans to lift border restrictions fully, as other countries have done, with the trial involving only tourists from the four countries who join package tours with predetermined itineraries, according to the Japan Tourism Agency.North Korea has no Covid vaccines, antiviral treatment drugs or mass-testing capacity.“Japanese travel companies will organise the tours and local guides will accompany them,” an agency official told AFP.The broadcaster showed footage of the hazmat team, and masked workers opening windows, cleaning desks and machines and spraying disinfectant.

Participants will have to be triple-vaccinated against Covid and have private medical insurance.The shortages were occurring after pharmacies had failed to heed orders for 24-hour operation, he said.The extent of the economic haemorrhaging was revealed today when China’s National Bureau of Statistics announced that retail sales had slumped by 11.There will be no change to the current testing requirements for entering Japan, with visitors having to submit a negative Covid test taken 72 hours before departure and to test again upon arrival.The agency is currently discussing the plan with regions that are expected to be of interest to foreign tourists, the official said.State media said a total of 50 people had died, with 1,213,550 cases of fever and at least 564,860 under medical treatment.How many tourists will be able to join each tour is yet to be decided.“It is clear that the impact of lockdowns, or the fear of lockdowns, overwhelmed any economic easing, and the Shanghai lockdown had ripple effects across the nation,” said Wei Yao, head of research for Asia Pacific and chief economist at Societe Generale SA, according to Bloomberg.The trial was initially planned late last year, but was put on hold when the Omicron variant spread.— AFP You May Also Like.“I was first scared by Covid, but after following the doctors’ advice and getting the proper treatments, it turned out not a big deal,” she said in a televised interview.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has said he wants to ease border control measures, but moves are expected to proceed slowly, with strong public support for the current restrictions.A daily cap on people entering the country will reportedly be doubled to 20,000 next month, though the tour groups are not expected to be counted in the figure, local media said.Risk of recession Beijing’s staunch adherence to its zero-Covid strategy has reverberated across the world, snarling global supply chains, agitating commodity prices and spiking investor fears.Japan welcomed a record 31.9 million foreign visitors in 2019 and had been on track to achieve its goal of 40 million in 2020 before the pandemic hit.— ETX Studio You May Also Like.“Indeed, this is the hallmark of a market filled with air pockets which have left more than a few investors licking their wounds.The World Health Organisation has shipped some health kits and other supplies to North Korea, but has not said what drugs they contain.

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