Following the first confirmed infection of a new mutant virus in the new corona in Japan, the government plans to further strengthen border measures and domestic surveillance systems.

In addition, we will steadily proceed with the third vaccination starting from the 1st and proceed with the analysis of the vaccination effect.

It was confirmed for the first time in Japan on the 30th that a male diplomat in his thirties who arrived from Namibia in southern Africa on the 28th of last month was infected with the new mutant virus "Omicron strain" of the new corona.

In response to this, Prime Minister Kishida discussed the response with the Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare Goto and other related ministers, and instructed him to make every effort to take measures at the border and prevent infection in Japan.

The government wants to prevent the influx of mutant viruses into the country by thoroughly implementing strengthened border measures such as suspending new entry of foreigners to all countries and regions of the world in principle, and entering the country per day. We are also considering lowering the upper limit of the number of people from the current 3,500.

In addition, we will strengthen the domestic monitoring system, carry out genome analysis of all specimens that are positive in quarantine at airports, etc., and hurry to prepare for "mutant PCR test" that can detect mutant strains earlier. is.

On the other hand, the government has decided to start the third vaccination from the 1st in preparation for the 6th wave of infection, and plans to steadily proceed with the vaccination in close cooperation with the local government.

The government will collect epidemiological information on the effect of the vaccine on the "Omicron strain" and proceed with the analysis, and if necessary, consider revising the policy that the interval between the second vaccination is 8 months or more in principle. We will respond flexibly.