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Japan suspends entry for non-resident foreigners amidst new Covid variant

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Japan is suspending nonresident foreign nationals from entering the country starting tomorrow through late January as a precaution to stop the spread of a new and possibly more transmissible strain of the Covid-19 virus.

Japanese citizens and foreign residents alike will also have to submit negative virus test results within 72 hours of departing to Japan from countries and territories where the new variant has been first reported and undergo tests upon arrival. Britain was the first country to report the new variant in Covid-19.

The government, however, says students and business people from 10 countries, which include Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan and South Korea, would not be affected by the suspension policy.

Earlier today, the government reported 2 more people to have been infected with the variant, with 1 being confirmed as the first domestically transmitted case. Tokyo has already banned entry to foreign nationals who have recently been to Britain and South Africa.

Tokyo had previously banned the entry of people from up to 159 counties and territories at one point amid the pandemic, but began on October 1 to conditionally allow entry from people worldwide who plan to stay in the country for more than 3 months for business and other approved purposes.

Japan will stop the issuance of new visas starting Monday, with those already obtaining visas being allowed to enter. However, anyone coming from Britain or South Africa within 14 days of applying for an entry permit will be excluded.

Last Friday, the government said 5 people under the age of 70 had been confirmed as infected with the new variant following their arrival from Britain.

Yesterday, Japan confirmed 3,881 coronavirus cases, and 47 deaths, marking the 4th straight day of reaching the highest daily amount of infections recorded since the virus pandemic began. In total, Japan’s number of virus cases stands at 219,070.

British health officials say the new strain, could be up to 70% more transmissible but there was no evidence of it being deadlier. Furthermore, they say the new strain hasn’t shown to be resistant of the vaccines.

The variant has also been reportedly found in Australia, France, Italy, Denmark, Singapore, Spain, Hong Kong and the Netherlands.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Issan John

    Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 6:12 pm

    Didn’t someone just say Japan had got it “right”?

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      John Brown

      Monday, December 28, 2020 at 12:14 am

      People will say anything but Japan’s response was by far the worst of the East Asian countries, that is if you don’t count the DPRK. Between the Diamond Princess and making half their communications about how the Olympics wouldn’t be canceled, spring 2020 was far from their finest moment. They may still gain control – if they can apply containment strategies domestically and not waste this boost in border restrictions.

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    Ajan Jack

    Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 7:06 pm

    Too bad they couldn’t use a current photo of Japanese people. They ALL are wearing masks during thus epidemic.

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    Rasputin

    Monday, December 28, 2020 at 4:11 pm

    Considering the UK announced 39,000 + new cases of covid on Christmas Eve, many of which may be attributable of the recently discovered mutated virus, I think they were very wise. Travel from the UK has been banned by about half the worlds governments at the moment, it just keeps getting worse. It puts Thailand’s current problem into perspective though, doesn’t it?

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    Disgruntled GenXer

    Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 2:46 pm

    No excuse for using “amidst” in that headline

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      The Thaiger

      Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 4:27 pm

      It’s in the dictionary, perfectly acceptable

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    Joe Vance

    Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 4:52 pm

    “amid the chaos” and “amid the trees” seem fine.

    but using the wannabe-posh “amidst” here smacks of indecision. Why is everyone so afraid to be more direct. The new variant is most definitely why Japan expanded their ban.

    “Fearing new COVID variant, Japan tightens entry ban” is far more informative.

    Not that the moderator will have the courage to let this get posted.

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      The Thaiger

      Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 4:53 pm

      Amidst is a word. What’s your problem?

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CCSA Update: 369 new Covid-19 cases

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369 new Covid-19 cases were reported today in the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s daily briefing. Most cases were detected in Samut Sakhon in a mass testing campaign. Thailand now has 3,147 active Covid-19 cases. Since the started of the pandemic, the CCSA has reported 12,423 cases – 8,186 of those cases were reported in the new wave of infections.

Out of the 369 new Covid-19 cases, 275 were detected in proactive testing, 82 were local transmissions and 12 cases were detected in quarantine for those arriving from overseas.

The 82 local cases were exposed to the virus while visiting high risk locations including 51 cases in Samut Sakhon and 12 cases in Bangkok.

Out of the 12,423 total reported cases since last year, 10,134 were local transmissions, 3,982 cases were found in proactive testing and 2,289 cases were from people entering the country. There have been 70 coronavirus-related deaths since the start of the pandemic.

CCSA Update: 369 new Covid-19 cases | News by The Thaiger

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Disease control measures ease up in Samut Sakhon

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Disease control restrictions are easing up in Samut Sakhon. The coastal fishing province that has been under “maximum control” since last month’s Covid-19 outbreak at a major seafood market in the province’s Mahachai area.

Salons and barber shops are now allowed to open from 6am to 9pm in all districts of Samut Sakhon, but services are limited to hair cutting, dressing, and washing. Manicures, pedicures and shaving services are still prohibited. Each customer can only stay in the shop for only 2 hours and no queuing is allowed inside the salon or barber shop.

Restaurants and cafes are allowed to open, except for those in some sub districts of Muang District…

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Restaurants and cafes can offer customers the dine-in services from 6am to 9pm. Takeaway services are allowed after 9pm. Other businesses including sports complexes, playgrounds, educational institutions, boxing gyms, internet cafes, fishing ponds, and cinemas are still closed.

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Thailand’s PM says he won’t let Thais become vaccine “guinea pigs”

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Thailand’s PM is saying he won’t let Thai people become vaccine “guinea pigs” in his Facebook post today as he points to reports of serious negative side effects that some people have suffered after getting jabbed with the Covid-19 vaccine. Instead, PM Prayut Chan-o-cha says he will wait for more information from the experts about whether such side effects were attributed to the vaccine solely, or other factors.

“For Thai people, I decided not to take the risk and will not rush to inoculate with vaccines which have not been fully tested and will not let Thai people become guinea pigs.”

He says the National Vaccine Committee will advise the government and closely supervise the use of Covid-19 vaccines in the country once they are rolled out. As the vaccines are not yet available, he reiterated the importance of taking precautions such as wearing face masks when leaving home, practising social distancing and abstaining from gatherings, particularly political ones.

The government has reported 374 new cases of Covid-19 in the kingdom today, with all but 10 being locally-transmitted. Now, the total has risen to 12,000 cases since the pandemic began.

A government spokesman is also saying that PM Prayut is worried about people’s health as the weather has taken a turn for the cold. He also affirmed the importance of imposing measures under the Emergency Decree and Thailand’s Communicable Disease Act in order to help curb the recent Covid second wave. He is also reminding the public to download the Thai Chana and Mor Chana apps.

Thailand has ordered 60 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines from a variety of sources, with the first shipment of 200,000 doses to arrive in February. Those vaccines are from China’s Sinovac Biotech. In March, another 800,000 doses are scheduled to arrive and another million by April.

The government has also pre-ordered 26 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca, using vaccine technology transfer to allow local production by Thailand’s local company, Siam Bio Science.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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