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COVID 19 VARIANTS

Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 26, 2022
Breaking point: Japan's outpatient clinics overstretched amid omicron surge
The rapid spread of the COVID-19 variant is causing apprehension at the clinics, generally the first stop for individuals to check if they have the virus.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jan 26, 2022
Pfizer and BioNTech launch trial of omicron-targeted COVID-19 vaccine
The companies plan to test the immune response generated by the omicron-based vaccine both as a three-shot regimen in unvaccinated people and as a booster shot.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 25, 2022
Japan moves to focus resources on severe COVID-19 patients
Young, low-risk patients will no longer need a doctor's diagnosis to confirm an infection as fears grow over the strain the omicron variant is putting on Japan's health care system.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jan 25, 2022
Omicron offers hope pandemic could stabilize, WHO official says
While the rapid spread of the omicron variant offers hope for 'stabilization and normalization,” it comes with a heavy dose of caution, as many obstacles to taming the pandemic remain.
Japan Times
OLYMPICS
Jan 25, 2022
The logistical nightmare of getting athletes to the Olympics
The official playbook stipulates people must take two COVID-19 tests within 96 hours of their departure to China, and one of those two tests must be within 72 hours.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 24, 2022
As omicron spreads in Japan, business continuity plans come into focus
Companies and local governments are drawing up measures to keep business going even if many staffers can't work due to infection or being deemed a close contact.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Jan 24, 2022
Biden’s pandemic fight: Inside the setbacks of the first year
The administration has gotten much right, but its response has been hampered by confusing messaging, a lack of focus on testing, fear of political blowback and the virus' unpredictability.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 23, 2022
Kishida Cabinet approval rating down 4.1 points to 55.9%
The dip in the Cabinet's approval rating comes as Japan grapples with recent surges in COVID-19 infections, driven by the highly transmissible omicron variant.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Jan 23, 2022
Living with COVID-19 proving tough for a gridlocked world economy
Still, optimists argue that the economic hit from omicron will be limited as vaccinations and boosters allow the disease to shift from an acute phase to an endemic one.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 21, 2022
As COVID-19 infections surge in Japan, so does risk of pandemic fatigue
Studies of cell phone traffic, train usage and other mobility data suggest levels of compliance by the Japanese public on anti-COVID-19 measures have steadily decreased.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 21, 2022
Japan faces putting majority of 47 prefectures under COVID-19 quasi-emergency
As the rapid spread of infections raises concern about the strain on the medical system, a quasi-state of emergency was put in place Friday in 13 prefectures for three weeks.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jan 21, 2022
Can omicron cause long COVID?
Scientists are still studying omicron's relationship to the constellation of physical, neurological and cognitive symptoms that can last for months.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jan 20, 2022
I had breakthrough COVID-19. Can I start living like it’s 2019?
While 'hybrid immunity' is considered the best immunity you can get, scientists still say that going back to '2019 behavior' is a little premature.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jan 19, 2022
Japan maintains view that economy is recovering but warns of omicron risk
The government retained its view that the economy remains on a recovery track, but has also warned of a potential 'increase in downside risks' caused by the omicron variant.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / FOCUS
Jan 19, 2022
Xi Jinping’s COVID-19 defense gets weaker with every omicron case
Port disruptions and citywide shutdowns are increasingly common, and the central bank has had to cut its key interest rate.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 18, 2022
Japan plans to issue quasi-emergency status for 13 omicron-hit prefectures
With quasi-emergency measures already in place in Yamaguchi, Okinawa and Hiroshima prefectures, the expansion would bring the total to 16 out of 47 prefectures.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jan 18, 2022
China decides not to sell Olympics tickets to Chinese public
Authorities in China, who had pressed ahead defiantly to fill the venues with spectators, have now had to bow to the grim realities of the pandemic.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jan 18, 2022
China points finger at overseas mail for Beijing omicron case
Authorities are trying to figure out how COVID-19 seeped through tight borders ahead of the Winter Olympics that start next month.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 17, 2022
Kishida vows to lay out road map for 'new capitalism' in the spring
Covering topics ranging from COVID-19 to climate change and diplomacy, the prime minister offered a comprehensive wrap-up of his policy agenda at the start of the parliamentary session.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 17, 2022
Japan looks to expand COVID quasi-emergency to Tokyo and 10 other prefectures
Tokyo, Chiba, Saitama and Kanagawa have asked the central government to put them under a quasi-emergency after their governors held a meeting to discuss the infection situation.

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