Asia As we speak: Japan halts all international arrivals over UK variant



Japan is barring entry of all nonresident international nationals as a precaution towards a brand new and probably extra contagious coronavirus variant that has unfold throughout Britain

The International Ministry says the entry ban will begin Monday and final by means of Jan. 31.

U.S. army personnel stationed in Japan – who beneath the Standing of Forces Settlement are exempt from Japanese passport management and visa necessities — could be permitted to enter the nation for obligation or different causes, though they must comply with quarantine guidelines.

Japan, which has been battling surging circumstances since November, has confirmed a complete of 217,312 circumstances, together with 3,213 deaths.

Elsewhere within the Asia-Pacific area:

— South Korea has determined to not instantly implement its hardest distancing guidelines within the better Seoul space regardless of a surge in coronavirus circumstances there. The world is presently beneath the second-highest distancing guidelines. There have been requires elevating the restrictions to the very best stage, however the authorities is reluctant to take action due to worries in regards to the financial system. Well being Minister Kwon Deok-cheol stated Sunday the federal government will preserve the present restrictions within the Seoul space till Jan. 3. He stated the third-highest stage of distancing guidelines imposed in different areas will even stay in place till Jan 3. Kwon stated South Korea logged a median of 999 new circumstances per day final week, with 690 of them within the Seoul space. Beneath the present guidelines, nightclubs, karaoke rooms, health facilities, gyms and cram faculties within the Seoul space have suspended operations. As further steps, authorities final week banned social gatherings of greater than 5 individuals and ordered the shutdowns of ski resorts and different vacationers spots. The hardest restrictions would shut down tons of of 1000’s of extra companies and order corporations to have all nonessential workers work at home. South Korea has reported 56,872 circumstances total, together with 808 deaths.

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— Beijing officers reported 5 new domestically transmitted coronavirus circumstances as authorities rushed to mass-test residents. The 5 circumstances, linked to earlier infections, lived within the metropolis’s Shunyi district, which has since activated an emergency response plan together with mass testing, supply tracing and disinfection. As of Saturday midday, over 120,000 had been examined for the coronavirus. Authorities plan to check 800,000 individuals within the district. Individually, officers reported 4 domestically transmitted circumstances within the northeastern port metropolis of Dalia, the place over 4.75 million individuals had been examined following greater than 20 confirmed circumstances this month. China reported 22 new circumstances within the final 24 hours, together with 10 imported and 12 home. China has to this point reported a complete of 86,955 circumstances, with 4,634 deaths.


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