Urgent.. Suspending flight reservations to several destinations for a month due to the Omicron virus

Japan has asked airlines to stop accepting new bookings due to concerns over the coronavirus, the Ministry of Transport said today.

This announcement came as the authorities announced the discovery of a second infection with the new mutant in a traveler coming to the country, a day after confirming the first infection. "We have asked airlines to stop making new reservations for a month, starting from December 1," a transport ministry official told AFP, adding that existing reservations were not covered by this decision.

The Japanese government has tightened its border procedures, banning entry to non-nationals from 10 countries in South Africa. It also tightened quarantine procedures for citizens and foreign residents arriving from dozens of countries and regions due to fears of the virus

Japanese officials announced that a second infection with Omicron was confirmed today in a Peruvian traveler who entered the country last month. And the first infection, which was announced on Tuesday, was a man who came from Namibia. Japan closed its borders for the duration of the epidemic, even preventing residents from entering it for part of the year 2020. After the surge in infections during the summer, Japan records low numbers of infections nationwide on most days, and has recorded nearly 18,360 deaths since the outbreak of the epidemic. So far, 77 percent of the country's population has fully received the vaccine, and authorities began giving booster doses on Wednesday to people who received their second dose at least eight months ago.