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Japan shuts down borders to all foreigners amid Omicron uncertainty

As nervousness over the Omicron variant rose, Tokyo said it would shut to all foreigners, including students and business travellers from today. It becomes the second country after Israel to completely close its borders amid fears that Omicron may be more transmissible than previous variants of the coronavirus.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said: "We are taking measures with a strong sense of urgency."

Mr Kishida said Japan will go ahead with providing booster jabs to its vulnerable population, three quarters of which is already fully vaccinated.

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