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COVID 19 VARIANTS

Japan Times
SPORTS
Dec 31, 2021
Eight Japan karate team members infected with omicron variant
The eight were part of the 28-member Japanese team that contested the recent Asian championships in Kazakhstan.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Outlook 2022
Dec 31, 2021
Could omicron be the beginning of the end of the COVID-19 pandemic?
Experts say the omicron variant could accelerate the pandemic's transition toward becoming a disease that the world can manage more easily and learn to live with.
Japan Times
WORLD
Dec 31, 2021
South Africa passes fourth wave and counts few added deaths
The data offered cautious hope to other countries grappling with the variant.
Japan Times
WORLD
Dec 31, 2021
Experts and governors warn of U.S. omicron 'blizzard' in weeks ahead
The warning came as the U.S. reached a record high in COVID-19 cases, while federal officials issued more travel warnings and prepared to authorize booster shots for 12- to 15-year-olds.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Dec 29, 2021
How errors and inaction sent a deadly COVID-19 variant around the world
In early 2021, flare-ups in the Indian city of Amravati were the first visible warning that the delta variant was spreading. A devastating path across the world would soon follow.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Dec 28, 2021
Omicron offers stark reminder of human cost of Japan's border controls
The administration's response to the new variant has again shone a light on the impact of tough countermeasures, and demonstrated the country's continued willingness to pay the price.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 28, 2021
Japan narrows definition of in-flight omicron close contacts
A policy that had considered all fellow passengers as close contacts was threatening to overwhelm quarantine facilities.
Japan Times
WORLD
Dec 28, 2021
As omicron surges, officials shorten isolation times for many Americans
By shortening the recommended isolation period, federal health officials hope to minimize disruptions to the economy and everyday life.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Dec 28, 2021
Expect more shipping chaos as omicron forces transport workers to quit
The transport industry is bracing for another roller coaster year of supply-chain disruptions as seafarers refuse to get back on ships and truck drivers quit over COVID-19 concerns.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 27, 2021
Community transmission of omicron spreads beyond Japan's major cities
Community infections of omicron have been reported in Osaka, Kyoto, Tokyo, Fukuoka, Aichi and Hiroshima prefectures.
Japan Times
WORLD
Dec 25, 2021
Thousands of flights canceled globally as omicron mars Christmas weekend
Airline carriers globally scrapped at least 2,401 flights on Friday, which fell on Christmas Eve and is typically a heavy day for air travel.
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JAPAN
Dec 24, 2021
Tokyo confirms first case of omicron community transmission
Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike said Friday a doctor with no recent history of overseas travel has been confirmed to have been infected.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Dec 24, 2021
GM, Google and others join retreat from CES over rising COVID-19 cases
The event will still be held in person, but with 'strong safety measures,' including vaccination requirements, masking and COVID-19 tests.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 23, 2021
Concern grows as highly transmissible omicron variant finds foothold in Japan
The Kyoto Prefectural Government said it has confirmed that one person has been infected with the variant, and that their infection route has not been traced so far.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Dec 23, 2021
Omicron brings new risks to mostly unvaccinated pregnant women
About 75% of expectant mothers in the U.K. and about 65% in the U.S. remain unvaccinated, making them among the groups most at risk of getting infected.
Japan Times
WORLD
Dec 23, 2021
COVID testing rules spark Christmas travel chaos in Australia as cases surge
Testing facilities have been severely stretched amid a record surge in cases and as tens of thousands of residents scrambled to get test results necessary for travel.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 22, 2021
As Japan braces for omicron, authorities prepare to quarantine close contacts
On Tuesday, the government instructed all omicron close contacts to be quarantined at a facility monitored by central or local government officials for 14 days.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 22, 2021
Japan reports first community transmission of omicron variant
Japan reported its first community transmission of the omicron variant of the coronavirus in Osaka Prefecture, with three people confirmed to have contracted the virus through unknown routes, the prefecture's governor said Wednesday.
Japan Times
WORLD
Dec 21, 2021
Now-dominant omicron variant drives COVID-19 surge across U.S.
Hopes of a more normal holiday season have been dashed amid a surge of COVID-19 infections, resurrecting restrictions and stretching the country's testing infrastructure.
Japan Times
WORLD
Dec 21, 2021
WHO sounds warning over fast-spreading omicron
WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said it would be 'unwise' to conclude from early evidence that omicron was a milder variant than previous ones.

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