Here are the latest COVID-19 updates from Japan and beyond:
- Japan will aim to restore inbound tourism to pre-pandemic levels by 2025the tourism board said Monday, with travel demand expected to return in line with a recovery in global air traffic.
- A panel of experts on Monday proposed that the Japanese government end the free rollout of COVID-19 vaccines administered as a special measureciting concerns about a further deterioration in fiscal health, which is already considered one of the worst of the major economies.
- More Filipino nurses, attracted by higher salaries abroad, will leave their country as coronavirus border controls ease and hiring is becoming more aggressive, leaving the Philippines in a difficult position to solve its own shortage of health workers.
Chinese President Xi Jinping On Friday, Beijing promised to remain committed to its opening-up policy amid frustrations among foreign companies over the country’s radical “zero-COVID” policy, which has disrupted economic activity.
- Sadaharu Oh, the home run leader of Japanese professional baseball and chairman of the Pacific League’s SoftBank Hawks, has been hospitalized as a precaution over the coronavirusthe club said Friday.
- A ferry service connecting Fukuoka in southwestern Japan to Busan in South Korea resumed Friday and became the Japan’s first regular international sea route has restarted since the suspension of ship passenger arrivals due to the coronavirus pandemic, the ferry company said.
- A major auto show originally set to kick off Nov. 18 in the southeastern Chinese city of Guangzhou will be postponed to contain coronavirus infectionsan organizer said Wednesday, as China sticks to its radical “zero-COVID” policy.
- Ministry of Health of Japan Tuesday granted accelerated approval for US pharmaceutical company Moderna Inc.’s coronavirus vaccine, tailor-made for the BA sub variant now common in the country.
- Japan Airlines Co. reported a net loss for the six months ended September of 2.11 billion yen ($14.22 million) on Tuesday. red ink for third year in a row as travel demand struggled to recover during a seventh wave of COVID-19 in the country.
- ANA Holdings Inc. said Monday it made a net profit for the six months ended September, marking its first black ink in three years as travel demand recovered of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Rare large-scale protests broke out in Tibet on Wednesday against a two-month lockdown implemented under China’s strict “zero-COVID” policy to contain coronavirus infections, US media said Radio Free Asia.
- Qatar no longer requires visitors to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test as part of a trip to the countrythe government said on Wednesday, ahead of hosting the World Cup finals starting next month.
- Tokyo’s famous Shibuya district is brace for the return of large crowds of Halloween revelers this weekend after the lifting of coronavirus restrictions and Japan fully reopens its borders to independent foreign tourists.
- US President Joe Biden received a COVID-19 vaccine booster on Tuesday shot designed to provide more protection against the dominant Omicron variant, and urged the public to do the same.
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