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COVID 19 VARIANTS

Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 9, 2022
Japan's COVID-19 quasi-emergency takes effect in three areas as cases spike
The new measures come in response to a surge in COVID-19 infections that local governors say are linked to the spread of the omicron variant at U.S. military bases.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jan 8, 2022
Vaccine skeptics slammed across Europe as omicron variant rages
Amid a seemingly unstoppable surge in infections, officials are focusing restrictions on unvaccinated people rather than resorting to widespread clampdowns.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 8, 2022
COVID-19 tracker: Case records fall in Okinawa and Hiroshima, while surge continues in Tokyo
In addition, the U.S. military also informed Okinawa authorities that 302 new cases had been confirmed among personnel at American bases in the prefecture.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jan 8, 2022
U.S. forces in South Korea raise COVID-19 alert amid record infections
The U.S. military's plan in South Korea will ban dining at restaurants outside the bases and visiting indoor malls, bars, clubs, gyms, amusement parks, theaters and massage parlors
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 8, 2022
Japanese cities struggle to hold Coming of Age Day ceremonies due to COVID-19 surge
Municipalities are struggling to safely organize the ceremonies amid another surge of COVID-19 cases, with many of them holding the upcoming events virtually.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / FOCUS
Jan 8, 2022
Hong Kong faces worst of both worlds as omicron ruins 'COVID zero'
Hong Kong, the once-vibrant gateway to China, sacrificed its status as an international hub to 'COVID zero.” But as omicron spreads, the city finds itself at a tipping point.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jan 8, 2022
Omicron study in South Africa points to end of acute pandemic phase
The infection wave moved with 'unprecedented speed” and caused much milder illness than earlier strains, a study at a hospital where the first South African outbreak was recorded showed.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jan 8, 2022
Rapid nose swab tests for COVID may not detect omicron quickly enough
Manufacturers should seek special approval to allow users to safely collect samples from the throat as well, according to an infectious diseases expert.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 7, 2022
12,000 sign petition to ease Japan's tight omicron entry rules
The petition addressed to Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi says that the 'excessive' border controls have affected those who want to see their families living overseas.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jan 7, 2022
Brazil’s omicron toll begins to show even amid data blackout
Private diagnostics companies have seen positivity rates skyrocket to as much as 40% in January, up from less than 5% just a month ago.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jan 6, 2022
COVID-19 testing policies under scrutiny worldwide as omicron surge drives up demand
This time last year, vaccines offered hope that the pandemic might be over by now. Instead, the new variant is overloading public health systems.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / ANALYSIS
Jan 4, 2022
Fast-spreading omicron to test Beijing Winter Games bubble
Core to the planning is the rigidly-enforced closed loop that physically separates Games-related personnel from the local population.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jan 3, 2022
Hong Kong hunts for six diners in scramble to stamp out omicron
The government found the Moon Palace patrons via a range of methods, including reservation records, self-reports to a government hotline after notification from the LeaveHomeSafe app.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 3, 2022
Travelers returning from New Year's holidays crowd roads and airports
A traffic jam on the Tomei Expressway linking Tokyo and central Japan cities stretched over 50 kilometers at one point, with backups of more than 10 km seen across the country.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jan 3, 2022
U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin tests positive for COVID-19
Austin said he planned to attend meetings virtually when possible and he would retain all authorities in running the Defense Department and overseeing military activities around the world.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jan 3, 2022
84% of firms in Japan see economic growth in 2022
The overall percentage of firms forecasting growth in the world's third-largest economy is up from the 74% in a similar Kyodo News poll conducted a year earlier.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy / Outlook 2022
Jan 2, 2022
For first time in two years, Japan has some room for economic optimism
Omicron and inflation risks loom, but economists expect 2022 to be a year of recovery as consumption rises and people tap into the savings they've built up over the pandemic.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 1, 2022
Record 235 COVID-19 cases reported from U.S. forces in Okinawa
Whether the cases were of the highly transmissible omicron variant was unknown, as was the breakdown of the U.S. bases affected.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jan 1, 2022
Studies suggest why omicron is less severe: It spares the lungs
Compared with earlier variants, omicron may cause less damage to the lungs, new animal research suggests.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jan 1, 2022
New Year celebrations muted by omicron, but South Africa offers hope
South Africa, which first raised the alarm about the new fast-spreading coronavirus variant, became the first country to declare its omicron wave had crested.

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