Here are the latest COVID-19 updates from Japan and beyond:
- Japanese cumulative total of coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic was 20 million on Friday, official data showed a doubling in less than two months as the country battles its seventh wave of infections.
- India’s drug regulatory agency has approved what a local vaccine innovator… the world’s first’ intranasal COVID-19 vaccine, restricted for emergency use for persons 18 years and older.
Japan’s relaxed border measures from Wednesday, including raising a daily limit for arrivals from 20,000 to 50,000, will not translate into a wave of tourists to arm its economy unless they are given more freedom to travel in the country, industry officials say.
- Japan increased its daily entry limit on arrivals from 20,000 to 50,000 . on Wednesdayas the country’s tourism industry languishes in the face of strict COVID-19 border controls that have been imposed for more than two years.
- Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Tuesday that: Japan will shorten the period of isolation for COVID-19 patients to seven days from the current 10 days.
- Household spending rose 3.4 percent in July from a year earlier, helped by the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions that led to a surge in recreation and food spendinggovernment data on Tuesday showed another sign of a gradual return to normalcy.
- The Japanese government decided on Friday to introduce fines for large hospitals that do not provide ambulatory care and do not prepare beds for patients with COVID-19 and other infectious diseases against agreements with local governments.
- The government held an annual disaster drill Thursday, though it’s being scaled back again to prevent the spread of COVID-19based on the scenario that a massive earthquake off Japan’s Pacific coast had hit large areas.
- Pre-tax profits of non-financial Japanese companies rose 17.6 percent from a year earlier to a record 28.32 trillion yen ($203 billion) in the April-June quarter, government data showed Thursday, boosted due to a weak yen and the diminishing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic despite rising raw material prices.
- US drug regulators approved two updated formulations of COVID-19 vaccines as boosters on Wednesday shots intended to provide greater protection against the currently circulating Omicron variant.
- Japan will from September 7, increase the daily entry limit on arrival from the current 20,000 to 50,000 in a further easing of strict COVID-19 border controls, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Wednesday.
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