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Japan to shorten quarantine for COVID infections to five days

Rule to take effect from May 8 after disease downgraded to same category as flu

Under the new rules, Japanese school children who catch COVID, for example, will have to self-isolate for five days instead of seven.

TOKYO -- Japan's quarantine period for COVID infections will be shortened to five days from seven, starting May 8, the government said on Friday, as part of a broader shift to a nationwide reopening from the pandemic. Under the new rule, school children, for example, will need to self-quarantine for five days.

The shorter quarantine period will take effect on May 8, when COVID is downgraded on the nation's infectious disease scale to Class 5 from Class 2, giving it the same status as seasonal flu.

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