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The country's top coronavirus adviser, Shigeru Omi, said Sunday it is time to start considering further shortening the quarantine period for people who have been in close contact with COVID-19 patients.

Omi suggested the time for isolation — currently seven days for ordinary people and five days for essential workers — could be cut down as the omicron variant of the virus is known to have a shorter incubation period.

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