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Fifteen more people test positive for Omicron strain in Japan 

  • December 16, 2021
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All national dailies took up a Health Ministry announcement yesterday that 15 additional cases of the Omicron variant have been confirmed in Japan, bringing the total number of Omicron cases in the country to 32. All of the new patients tested positive in PCR tests conducted at their ports of entry and many of them were asymptomatic when they arrived in Japan from the United States, the UK, and Africa between Dec. 7 and 12. 


In a related development, Nikkei wrote that according to the Philippine Department of Health, a local man in his 40s who returned from Japan on a Philippine Airlines flight on Dec 1 has tested positive for the Omicron strain. Details of his activities and contacts while in Japan are reportedly unknown.  

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