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Japan to ask for 14-day quarantine at facilities to block omicron

Entry ban to be extended for the time being, PM Kishida says

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida explains the continuation of his strict border policy to reporters on Dec. 21. (Photo by Karina Nooka)

TOKYO -- Japan will ask anyone who has come close contact with those infected with the omicron variant of the coronavirus to quarantine for 14 days at designated facilities, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Tuesday.

Japan will also maintain the current entry ban over the New Year's holiday period as scientists continue to assess the threat of the more contagious new variant.

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