COVID-19: Japan shuts doors to foreign visitors due to Omicron threat Asia


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Tokyo: Japan said on Monday it would shut its borders to foreigners to prevent the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, joining Israel in imposing some of the strictest border controls since the variant’s discovery in South Africa. Japan would bar entry to foreigners from midnight on Monday, and Japanese returnees from a number of specified nations would have to quarantine in designated facilities, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told reporters. “These are temporary, exceptional measures that we are taking for safety’s sake until there is clearer information about the Omicron variant,” Kishida told reporters. “I’m prepared to bear all...