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Japan extends COVID entry ban until end of February

Kishida aims to speed up boosters versus omicron; SDF to open jab centers again

Japan will keep its borders closed for the time being due to worries about the omicron variant of COVID.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Tuesday announced an extension of a ban on new foreign arrivals as the government tries to stop the spread of the highly transmissible omicron COVID-19 variant.

"We will maintain the framework [of restrictions] until the end of February," Kishida told reporters, after he had signaled the rules would be extended earlier this month. "We will take necessary responses in line with humanitarian and national interests."

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