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Japan to expand restrictions as infections surge

TOKYO (AP) – Japan’s government is preparing social restrictions in Tokyo and other regions as the Omicron variant of the coronavirus infects more people.

Japan has never had a lockdown during the pandemic but has focussed instead on asking restaurants and bars to close early.

Crowds are back in many parts of Japan, with people packing stores and events, while COVID-19 cases jump.

The order will be finalised this week and is likely to take effect on Friday, the government spokesman said yesterday. The measures are expected to last for about three weeks in 16 regions, including Okinawa, Yamaguchi and Hiroshima, which were already placed under some restrictions earlier this month.

More details on Wednesday’s Borneo Bulletin

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