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All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines have stopped accepting new reservations for some of their international flights in an effort to tackle the spread of novel coronavirus variants.

The two airlines made the decision in response to a request from the transport ministry to reduce the number of people entering Japan via international flights as a border control measure, company officials said Wednesday.

New reservations were suspended for all of ANA's international flights to Japan and for JAL's Japan-bound flights from Britain, Germany and France, where coronavirus variants are believed to be widespread, officials said.

The suspension will be in place at least until March 21 for ANA flights and until the end of March for JAL flights. ANA may maintain the measure beyond its date.

The number of infections with coronavirus variants has been increasing gradually in Japan. Earlier this month, the transport ministry asked airlines to keep the number of international passengers entering Japan at or below 100 per flight and at or below 3,400 per week.

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