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Authorities running out of quarantine facilities for “close contacts” of Omicron patients 

  • December 24, 2021
  • , Yomiuri
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Yomiuri wrote on Friday that as more people have been testing positive for the Omicron variant of COVID-19 upon arrival in Japan, many prefectural governments are having difficulty securing rooms for quarantining passengers who were on the same flights as infected travelers since all of them are designated as “close contacts” irrespective of where they sat. The number of people categorized as close contacts jumped by 3,500 nationwide on Dec. 22 as a record 68 arrivals tested positive for the strain. Prefectural authorities are worried about a looming shortage of such rooms during the New Year’s holiday season.  

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