Intellasia East Asia News – Japan to shorten COVID-19 isolation to 7 days from 10, says PM Kishida

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Tuesday that Japan would shorten the isolation period for COVID-19 patients with symptoms to seven days from the current 10 days and for asymptomatic patients to five days from seven days.

By shortening the recovery period, the government seeks to allow people to return to work more quickly to mitigate the impact on socio-economic activities of the coronavirus pandemic.

Kishida also told reporters that Japan would start inoculations against the Omicron variant this month targeting people aged 12 and over and that it was aiming to administer more than 1 million vaccines a day between October and November.

The measures are “based on expert advice”, Kishida told the prime minister’s office. The number of new infections is falling, he added.

Kishida said he would revise the recovery period after monitoring the infection situation in the country.

Japan has been hit by its seventh wave of coronavirus infections. But as it seeks to “live with the coronavirus”, the government has not imposed strict restrictions and has eased border control measures.

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