Japan reports first domestically acquired Omicron infection

A woman who belongs to the quarantine station at Kansai International Airport in Osaka tests positive for Omicron



Passengers wait in a line to receive PCR test kit at quarantine counter of the airport on their arrivals at Kansai International Airport in Osaka. — AP
Passengers wait in a line to receive PCR test kit at quarantine counter of the airport on their arrivals at Kansai International Airport in Osaka. — AP

By Reuters

Published: Thu 16 Dec 2021, 7:29 PM

Japan said on Thursday a staff member at a facility housing people found positive with coronavirus after arriving in the country had tested positive for Omicron, in the first case of a domestically-acquired infection of the variant.

The infected person, a woman in her 30s who belongs to the quarantine station at Kansai International Airport in Osaka, western Japan, has no recent history of travelling overseas, the health ministry said.

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“It is strongly suspected that the infection took place within the facility ... This woman is now in hospital and her condition is stable,” a health ministry official said at a media briefing. The official declined to specify what type of tasks she had performed at the facility.


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