Japan to Ban Entry of Foreign Nationals as New Coronavirus Strain Spread

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  • Japanese authorities say new entry of non-resident foreign nationals from all parts of the world would be suspended from Monday through the end of January
  • The government made the announcement on Saturday, stating that it was a precautionary measure against the new coronavirus strain spreading in different parts of the world
  • According to the new order, Japanese citizens and foreign residents will be allowed into the country but must show proof of a negative coronavrus test taken within 72 hours of departure for Japan
  • The government further stated in an email that all Japanese citizens and foreign residents allowed to enter the country must quarantine for two weeks upon arrival
  • The news came on the same day Japanese officials confirmed two people had been infected with the new coronavirus variant, following detection in five people the previous day