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Starting Friday, Japan will ban foreign residents who have traveled to India, Nepal and Pakistan from re-entering Japan, amid an uptick in that region in new variants of the coronavirus, Magdalena Osumi reports. Though the ban only applies to foreign nationals, Japanese citizens may also be denied entry if they fail to comply with the Quarantine Act.

Meanwhile, growing numbers of recent arrivals to Japan are raising concerns that malfunctioning monitoring tools and confusing guidelines may have put them on the government’s blacklist for violating quarantine, Osumi reports. Some have had problems reporting their location or health condition, or have been confused as to which rules apply to them.

Japan's government faces growing criticism as COVID-19 state of emergency expands | CNA
Japan’s government faces growing criticism as COVID-19 state of emergency expands | CNA

Across the country, 7,056 novel coronavirus infections were confirmed Wednesday, marking the first figure above 7,000 in four days. New COVID-19 cases hit record daily highs in seven prefectures, including Aichi and Fukuoka, which were added to the country’s third state of emergency Wednesday.

Yesterday’s (and last Wednesday’s) new COVID-19 cases by prefecture (100 or over): Tokyo 969 (621), Osaka 851 (668), Aichi 679 (224), Fukuoka 635 (337), Hokkaido 529 (181), Hyogo 384 (331), Kanagawa 319 (152), Saitama 259 (165), Hiroshima 218 (74), Okayama 186 (91), Chiba 181 (121), Kyoto 148 (93), Gifu 134 (63), Kumamoto 111 (36), Okinawa 109 (63), Gunma 104 (54). Source: Japan COVID-19 Coronavirus Tracker

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