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Japan confirms first case of Omicron variant

  • December 1, 2021
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All national dailies wrote that the Health Ministry announced on Tuesday that it has confirmed Japan’s first case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. A Namibian diplomat in his 30s tested positive for the coronavirus upon arrival at Narita Airport on Sunday and was found to be infected with the Omicron variant on Tuesday. The man showed no symptoms at the airport but developed a fever after being transferred to a designated facility. He is currently in quarantine at a medical facility and was fully vaccinated. The two family members who were traveling with him tested negative. The ministry said that all 70 people who were on the same flight as the man have tested negative and are being treated as close contacts. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government announced that about 40 of the passengers are Tokyo residents.

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