Japan widens virus restrictions as omicron surges in cities

Tokyo, Japan

TOKYO (AP) — Restaurants and bars will close early in Tokyo and a dozen other areas across Japan beginning Friday as the country widens COVID-19 restrictions due to the omicron variant, which has caused cases to surge to new highs in metropolitan areas. The restraint, which is something of a pre-state of emergency, is the […]

Japan shortens interval for COVID booster by a month amid omicron’s spread

Shigeyuki Goto

Seemingly alarmed by the unprecedented speed with which the omicron variant is spreading across the country, the government has been forced to make another revision to its COVID-19 policies, including shortening the isolation period for close contacts and the timetable for administering booster shots. Amid reports that the highly contagious variant is now estimated to […]