Japan today, Monday, temporarily banned entry to foreign citizens until the end of next January, after detecting cases of infection with the new strain of Coronavirus, which was discovered in Britain.
The Ministry of Health said that Japan has so far confirmed eight cases of a new variant of the Coronavirus, which was discovered in Britain. Four people were taken to the hospital, while the other four, who did not show any symptoms, were sent to quarantine.
The complete ban comes after Japan began last Thursday, a temporary ban on new arrivals of non-Japanese nationalities, who had recently visited Britain and South Africa, where another new strain of the Coronavirus was discovered.
Japan is facing a resurgence in Coronavirus cases, recording a record of 3,881 new cases last Saturday. This is the fourth consecutive day that a record number of daily cases have been set.
Last Friday, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga urged the people to spend a “quiet period” for the end of the year and the start of a new year to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus.
Japan avoided an outbreak of the virus at the same level as Europe and the United States, with more than 220,000 cases and nearly 3,250 deaths due to the virus.