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Coronavirus

Japan cuts COVID isolation for close contacts to 7 days

Health minister says change 'based on evidence' of shorter symptom onset time

As coronavirus cases surge in Japan, authorities are urging people to take steps to curb the spread of the virus.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan has cut the self-isolation period for people who come in close contact with someone with COVID-19 to seven days from a maximum of 17, in light of the low risk of symptoms appearing after that point, Health Minister Shigeyuki Goto announced Wednesday.

The change comes as the omicron variant has pushed case counts to new highs across much of the country, causing widespread disruption.

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