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Japan widens virus restrictions as omicron surges in cities

4 monthes ago   |   By Boston Herald

Restaurants and bars will close early in Tokyo and a dozen other areas across Japan beginning Friday as the country widens COVID-19 restrictions due to the omicron variant, which has caused cases to surge to new highs in metropolitan areas.
The restraint, which is something of a pre-state of emergency, is the first since September and is scheduled to last through Feb. 13. With three other prefectures - Okinawa, Hiroshima and Yamaguchi - under similar measures since early January, the state of restraint now covers 16 areas, or one-third of the country.
While many Japanese adults are fully...
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