Japan has announced that it will close its borders to all foreigners, after detecting a new strain of Corona-virus in travelers arriving from the UK. The restrictions are the harshest yet imposed in response to the mutation.
Japanese nationals and foreigners living in Japan will still be permitted to return to the country, but the island nation will ban all new entries of foreign nationals from December 28 until the end of January 2021.
Britain’s premier Boris Johnson told the public it could be up to 70% more transmissible than the original variant. Virus mutations are a natural occurrence and usually new variants are weaker.
So far, more than 50 countries have suspended travel to and from the UK, although health experts have already warned that the mutation is likely already present in many other parts of the world.
Japan’s blanket ban on all foreign arrivals has taken the precautionary policies a step further.
The new strain has been found in numerous European countries, including France, Sweden, Spain, Denmark, the Netherlands and Germany.
The mutation has led to calls to speed up and expand the vaccination programs being rolled out across Europe and other parts of the world.
Pfizer has claimed that its jab is likely effective against the new strain. Russia’s Sputnik V is also said to work against the mutated virus.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2020.