Japan announced new travel restrictions in the capital of Tokyo, as well as several other regions, as the Omicron version of the coronavirus continued to register record numbers.

Strict restrictions are already in place in three areas, while the latest restrictions will be in force from Friday, February 13. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida made the announcement after being informed about the latest situation in the country by an expert panel earlier in the day.

1. There is a strict ban on overcrowding to prevent infection.

2. All international arrivals must show a negative RT PCR test that is not older than 72 hours.

3. Upon arrival the Japanese government arranges a rapid test for all international travel.

The PM further said that they are already battling an unknown virus, and are hopeful that they can overcome this situation with adequate preparation and without excessive fear.

Japan found more than 32,000 new cases on Tuesday, surpassing August's high soon after Tokyo hosted the Summer Olympics.

Japan declared a state of emergency four times during the pandemic, and if reports are to be believed, it has vaccinated nearly 80% of its population of 126 million.


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