Omicron Variant Confirmed in Japan for 1st Time

Society Lifestyle

Tokyo, Nov. 30 (Jiji Press)--The omicron coronavirus variant has been confirmed in Japan for the first time, the health ministry said Tuesday.

The strain was detected in a Namibian diplomat in his 30s who arrived at Narita International Airport in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, from the southern African nation via a third country on Sunday.

The diplomat was asymptomatic upon arrival, but later developed a fever. He is being quarantined in a medical facility. Omicron was detected in a genome analysis conducted by the National Institute of Infectious Diseases.

He had been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus by July. Two family members who were with him tested negative for the virus.

The Japanese government decided to treat all 70 people on the same flight with the diplomat as close contacts. They all tested negative, but one of them complained of a fever.

[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]

Jiji Press