They confirm the first case of community transmission of omicron in Tokyo

December 24, 2021

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Tokyo, Dec 24 (EFE) .- Tokyo authorities announced this Friday that they have detected the first case of community transmission of the omicron variant of covid-19 in a doctor at a clinic in the capital with no recent history of traveling abroad .
The case of Tokyo is revealed two days after the country reported its first community transmission, detected in several members of a family residing in the city of Osaka, and one day after another case with an unknown contagion route was revealed in Kyoto, both in the west of the country.
The Tokyo patient in question is one of four new omicron cases reported today in the metropolis. The other three are people who had recently returned from abroad, Governor Yuriko Koike explained at a news conference.
Koike announced that the capital will begin conducting a free covid-19 test starting tomorrow, Saturday, due to growing concern about the variant and its apparent greater transmissibility. An average of 30,000 tests per day are expected to be carried out at 180 locations.
Japan tightened its restrictive border measures as a result of the detection of omicron, paralyzing the arrival of new foreign residents and banning the entry of residents from a dozen African countries hard hit by the strain, measures that in principle were to be extended until the end of month.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced that the country will maintain the restrictions until further notice.
Japan had vaccinated 77.8% of its population with the full schedule until this Thursday, while 0.3% have received the booster dose, which is currently being administered as a priority to health personnel, according to the latest data available from the Ministry of health.