Here are the latest COVID-19 updates from Japan and beyond:
- The average price of residential land in Japan rose by 0.1 percent on July 1, compared to the previous year, rises for first time in 31 years as country’s economy recovers from coronavirus pandemic, government data showed Tuesday.
- Japan on Tuesday started rolling out vaccines against the Omicron coronavirus variant as part of efforts to stem the ongoing seventh wave of COVID-19 infections in the country.
- The number of babies born in Japan and to Japanese expatriates from January to June fell 5.0 percent year-on-year fewer than 400,000 for the first time since 2000, amid the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic, recent government data shows.
- Japanese policymakers expect further reopening of Japan’s borders to foreign visitors will breathe life into inbound tourism affected by travel restrictions from COVID-19.
- The end of the new coronavirus pandemic may be approaching and people should therefore step up their efforts to prevent further spread, the head of the World Health Organization said on Wednesday.
- Japan will roll out vaccines against the Omicron coronavirus variant from next week and providing them for free after a health ministry panel approved their classification as special temporary inoculations on Wednesday.
- 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.
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