People line up to take PCR tests for COVID-19 in Tokyo earlier this month. | KYODO
People line up to take PCR tests for COVID-19 in Tokyo earlier this month. | KYODO

COVID-19 in Japan news round-up

  • Japan will halt implementation of its so-called vaccine-and-testing package, a government system combining COVID-19 vaccinations and testing in a bid to restart economic activities in the wake of breakthrough infections, sources have said.
  • Japan is considering placing 11 prefectures, including Tokyo and its surrounding area, under a COVID-19 quasi-state of emergency to curb rapidly spreading coronavirus cases, government sources said.
  • Japan plans to allow 87 government-sponsored foreign students into the country, making an exception to the country’s current entry ban on nonresident foreigners amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the top spokesman said Monday.
  • A large portion of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s policy speech on Monday was devoted to Japan’s COVID-19 response, but overall it lacked new policies.


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