The Japanese government has announced a temporary ban on foreigners from entering the country as a new, potentially more contagious strain of coronavirus spreads, Kyodo reported.
The ban will take effect on December 28 and will last until the end of January. It is noted that on Friday, a new strain of coronavirus was detected in five people who returned to Japan from the UK. On Saturday, doctors identified two more patients with this particular version of the infection.
As the agency notes, Japan has a record number of new cases of coronavirus for the fourth day in a row. Today 3877 cases have been recorded, 46 people have died. In total, 219,070 cases have been identified in the country since the beginning of the pandemic.
The UK announced the discovery of a new strain of coronavirus on December 14. Prime Minister Boris Johnson called it potentially more dangerous than SARS-CoV-2, but this information has not been confirmed. Subsequently, the strain was found in several other countries, including Denmark, Germany and Australia. Moreover, on December 23, British authorities announced the discovery of another new strain of coronavirus imported from South Africa. Later, the head of the WHO European Bureau, Hans Kluge, noted that the British strain of coronavirus was found in eight European countries.