Japan to Conduct COVID-19 Tests on All Arrivals from China

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Tokyo, Dec. 27 (Jiji Press)--All people traveling to Japan from mainland China, which faces an explosive COVID-19 outbreak, will be tested for the novel coronavirus upon arrival, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Tuesday.

COVID-19 tests will also be conducted upon entry on all people who have been to mainland China within the past seven days, he told reporters at the prime minister's office in Tokyo. Antigen test kits will be used in the testing.

The extraordinary measure will be introduced Friday. Those who show positive results in the testing will go under quarantine for seven days in principle at designated facilities, according to Kishida.

Travelers from abroad are currently allowed to enter Japan if they submit either a certificate showing that they have received three COVID-19 vaccine shots or a negative result from a test taken within 72 hours of departure. COVID-19 tests upon arrival are only conducted for people displaying symptoms.

With the collapse of the Chinese government's "zero-COVID" policy, new coronavirus cases in the country have skyrocketed this month. In Japan, concerns are growing for the virus to spread massively in the country through travelers from China.

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