Japan Confirms 8 More Cases of Omicron Variant of COVID-19

Japan on Friday reported eight additional cases of the new omicron variant of COVID-19, pushing the total tally to 12 in the country.

The infected people were tested positive upon arrival in Japanese airports from late November to earlier this month, the Health ministry said in a statement.

Among them are a woman and a boy who arrived from Namibia on Nov. 28 on the same flight as a Namibian diplomat who was Japan’s first confirmed case of the omicron variant, the statement quoted, Chief Cabinet Secretary Seiji Kihara, as saying.

Another six passengers who arrived from the United States, Mozambique and Democratic Republic of the Congo earlier this week have been reported positive on Friday, the statement added.

Japan has taken strict measures to prevent the rapid spread of the virus, calling on the airlines to stop booking tickets and also step up quarantine requirements in response to the new variant.

The World Health Organization has warned the Omicron variant, which has been confirmed in over 50 countries, could be more transmissible than previous strains of the virus.

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