Japan scraps COVID-19 blanket testing of visitors from China
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Japan has ended its blanket COVID-19 testing of visitors from mainland China as part of an easing of border controls due to travelers making the journey returning a low rate of positive results since late January.
The switch to sample testing beginning Wednesday comes after Japan tightened its coronavirus border restrictions on visitors from China last December and again in January amid a surge of cases there.
Travelers from China will still have to show proof of a negative coronavirus test taken 72 hours or less before departure.
Under the eased rules, up to 20 percent of arrivals will be sub...