Here are the latest COVID-19 updates from Japan and beyond:
- Japan’s health ministry on Monday approved the production and sale of vaccines against the Omicron variant of the coronaviruswith the government to send the shots to local municipalities from September 19.
- The Japanese government said on Monday it must strike balance between opening up to foreign travelers and keeping the coronavirus pandemic under controlas it looks set to revive the world’s third largest economy, which has been hit hard by the absence of tourists.
- Japan revises its border control policy to limit daily imports below 50,000. to keep and will remove it in the “not so distant future”, A government spokesman said on Sunday.
- 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.
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