NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare announced today that it has confirmed eight new infected persons with the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

Eight people entered Haneda Airport, Narita Airport, and Kansai Airport from Namibia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the United States from November 28 to December 7, respectively, and were found to be positive by airport quarantine.

A total of 12 people have been confirmed infected in Japan.

Two of them, a woman in her 30s and a boy, arrived from Namibia on Nov. 28 on the same flight as a Namibian diplomat who was Japan’s first confirmed case of the omicron variant.

The six others confirmed Friday arrived from the United States, Mozambique and Democratic Republic of the Congo earlier this week and have been isolated, the health ministry said.