Japan brings back virus restrictions over Omicron surge

Japan brings back virus restrictions over Omicron surge

Covid-19, Coronavirus

19/1/2022 1:45:00 PM

Japan brings back virus restrictions over Omicron surge

TOKYO — Japan is set to approve new coronavirus restrictions on a large part of the country, including Tokyo, on Wednesday (Jan 19) as it battles record infections fuelled by the Omicron variant.

The move allows each region to decide what specific measures to implement, but local media said the restrictions were likely to include shorter opening hours for bars and restaurants and possible restrictions on alcohol sales.The highly infectious Omicron variant is driving a resurgence in coronavirus cases, with daily nationwide infections topping 30,000 for the first time this week, according to media tallies.

Japan has still been less hard hit than many countries, with around 18,400 deaths in the pandemic while avoiding strict lockdowns.But government officials and experts are worried that rising infections could put pressure on the country's medical system.

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