Tokyo, Dec. 14 (Jiji Press)–The Japanese government has started to transport some of the people arriving at Narita International Airport, near Tokyo, from abroad to lodging facilities in regional areas for quarantining against the omicron variant of the novel coronavirus, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno has said.
Being used for the measure are facilities in locations including the northeastern city of Sendai and the southwestern city of Fukuoka, the top government spokesman said at a press conference Monday.
As the reason for taking the measure, Matsuno said, “The number of people using accommodation facilities prepared for stronger border controls is rising, and we are therefore aiming to equalize the number.”
Some 13,000 accommodation rooms were being used for quarantine purposes as of Monday, according to Matsuno.
“We hope to secure quarantine facilities in cooperation with local governments,” he said.