Japan to cut 14-day isolation for Omicron close contacts to 10 days

Kyodo -- Jan 14
Japan will shorten to 10 days the current 14-day isolation period for close contacts of the Omicron COVID-19 variant among the general public, health minister Shigeyuki Goto said Friday.

The move, aimed at minimizing social disruption and preventing a strain on the medical system, comes as research suggests Omicron has a shorter incubation period than other coronavirus variants.

The government will also cut the isolation period for essential workers such as police officers, and child care and nursing care workers to six days at the shortest, Goto said.

But the decisions could fuel public concern about the recent alarming rise in the number of infections in the country, which has been experiencing a sixth wave of the pandemic.

Japan's daily coronavirus cases topped 20,000 on Friday for the first time since Sept. 1, taking only two days to reach the current level after surpassing 10,000, according to a tally based on reports by prefectural governments.

オミクロン株の濃厚接触者の待機期間が基本は10日間に短縮されることが決まりました。  後藤厚生労働大臣は14日午後、オミクロン株の濃厚接触者について、自宅などでの待機期間をこれまでの14日間から10日間に短縮すると発表しました。 - ANNnewsCH