Advertisement

Japan reports first case of COVID19 new variant 'Omicron'

01:34 PM Nov 30, 2021 | Associated Press

Japan confirmed on Tuesday its first case of the new omicron coronavirus variant, a visitor who recently arrived from Namibia, an official said.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said the patient, a man in his 30s, tested positive upon arrival at an airport on Sunday and was isolated and is being treated at a hospital.

Advertisement
Advertisement

A genome analysis confirmed Tuesday that he was infected with the new variant, which was first identified in South Africa.

Advertisement

Japan announced on Monday that it will ban all foreign visitors beginning Tuesday as an emergency precaution against the variant.

The World Health Organization warned Monday that the global risk from the omicron variant is "very high" based on the early evidence, saying it could lead to surges with "severe consequences."

Also Read: Mumbai: BMC on high alert to tackle 'Omicron' threat

(To view our epaper please Read Now. For all the latest News, Mumbai, Entertainment, Cricket, Business and Featured News updates, visit Free Press Journal. Also, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and do like our Facebook page for continuous updates on the go)

Advertisement