Dec. 28 (UPI) — Japan clamped down on worldwide visits by non-resident international nationals till the tip of January in response to the unfold of a brand new extra virulent variant of the coronavirus that has sickened individuals in 20 international locations.

“They are saying that no proof is exhibiting the vaccines which might be already being administered abroad should not efficient towards this variant, and anti-infection steps for it are unchanged from these for the traditional virus,” Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga stated Monday, urging residents to have a “calm” New 12 months celebration. “The virus acknowledges no year-end or New 12 months holidays,” Suga added.

New journey guidelines would require Japanese residents and international residents touring from international locations the place the variant has been discovered to submit unfavourable virus take a look at outcomes from inside 72 hours of journey and endure one other take a look at upon arriving in Japan. The foundations begin Wednesday and final by means of the tip of January.

Enterprise vacationers and college students from mainland China, Taiwan and South Korea and another Asian nations, are exempt from the brand new guidelines.

At the very least eight individuals in Japan have been contaminated with the brand new variant of the virus, together with an airline pilot who visited London and a Tokyo girl hospitalized after coming back from Britain, the Japan Instances reported.

The brand new variant was first found in Britain in September, the place well being officers stated Friday it may be 70% extra transmissible.

Japan has skilled 221,412 energetic circumstances and three,100 deaths with a document excessive variety of day by day new circumstances at 3,892 recorded on Saturday, in response to the Johns Hopkins College Tracker.

Yuichiro Hata, 53, a Japanese former transport minister and parliamentarian, died immediately on Sunday of COVID-19 issues, his household stated. The lawmaker was the primary incumbent parliamentarian to die of the coronavirus.

The Japanese authorities can also be making public well being selections in mild of the rescheduled summer season Olympics, slated for late July, 2021, which have been initially deliberate in Tokyo for summer season of 2020.

Earlier in December, the Japanese authorities introduced that vacationers from Britain and South Africa have been required to quarantine for 3 days. Suga additionally suspended the government-subsidized journey marketing campaign “Go To Journey,” which was canceled by means of Jan. 11.

In america, federal officers introduced Friday that due to the brand new virus pressure, air vacationers from Britain would require a unfavourable COVID take a look at at the least 72 hours earlier than their flight.