TOKYO: According to government figures, COVID-19 cases have now exceeded 30 million since the epidemic began as the nation fights a fresh wave of illnesses.
The total caseload increased to 30.2 million after 238,654 new cases were registered in the last 24 hours, according to data from the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare. The country also reported a record 463 fatalities, bringing the overall toll to 59,415.
New limitations on Chinese tourists have already been announced by Japan, which will start mandating COVID-19 testing for all travelers on Sunday.
According to Kyodo News Agency, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Wednesday that Tokyo will further tighten quarantine regulations for tourists from China. Visitors will need to test negative before traveling to Japan and will be required to submit to a PCR test upon arrival.
According to the agency, Kishida stated, “We decided to enhance temporary measures in consideration of test findings of people who entered Japan from mainland China over the year-end and New Year vacations.”