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Japan, Philippines and Singapore join UK travel freeze over COVID

Fears of faster-spreading strain prompt slew of flight or entry bans

British Airways planes at London's Heathrow Airport: A host of Asian destinations are imposing restrictions on travel from the U.K. over fears of a coronavirus mutation.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan and other Asian countries are adding to the cascade of global restrictions on travel from the U.K., amid fears of a new coronavirus variant believed to be more transmissible than strains seen so far.

Katsunobu Kato, the Japanese chief cabinet secretary, on Wednesday morning announced a temporary ban on foreign visitors arriving from the U.K., starting Thursday. Singapore, the Philippines and South Korea have all announced their own fresh travel curbs since Tuesday, following measures by India and Hong Kong on Monday.

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