According to Kyodo News, Japan reported its first case of a Japanese national infected with the Omicron variant of the coronavirus on Monday, marking the country’s third case of the virus in the country.
According to the report, the man in his 30s, who had previously traveled to Italy, was discovered to have been infected with the heavily mutated variant after entering Japan through Tokyo’s Haneda airport on Wednesday morning.
It was reported that the individual has been fully vaccinated after receiving two doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine in July and August, according to Kyodo News.
Fumio Kishida, Japan’s prime minister, promised on Monday that the country would “concentrate our limited medical resources on the Omicron strain and take swift measures to protect the people’s lives.”
There are a total of 41 other passengers on the same flight who are all being treated as close contacts. One of them tested positive for the coronavirus, but not for the Omicron variant, according to the results.
When a Namibian diplomat tested positive for the Omicron variant on November 30, Japan confirmed that it had confirmed its first domestic case of the variant. The following day, the country confirmed a second unrelated case involving a man in his 20s who had traveled from Peru. According to Kyodo News, both men tested positive upon arrival at Narita International Airport near Tokyo.
On November 25, the World Health Organization (WHO) received the first report of the new COVID-19 variant, which originated in South Africa. According to the World Health Organization, the first known confirmed B.1.1.529 infection was discovered in a specimen collected on November 9 of this year.
The new COVID-19 variant B.1.1.529, which has been detected in South Africa, was given the name ‘Omicron’ by the World Health Organization on November 26. The World Health Organization has classified Omicron as a ‘variant of concern.’ Since the discovery of the mutation, dozens of countries have imposed travel restrictions on the countries of southern Africa.
According to Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), the new Omicron coronavirus variant has been confirmed in 23 countries, with the number of confirmed cases expected to rise in the future.