Tue, 18 Jan 2022

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida decided on Monday to suspend entry of all foreign visitors from around the world to guard against the Omicron COVID-19 variant.

The new measure will take effect from Tuesday, Kishida told reporters. (Japan-COVID-19-Foreigners)

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NEW DELHI -- A 32-year-old Indian man who arrived from South Africa in Mumbai via Delhi has tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19), media reported on Monday.

However, it is yet to be ascertained if he suffered from the Omicron variant of COVID-19. Mumbai health department has alerted the airport authorities and efforts are made to locate the man's co-passengers. (India-COVID-19-Omicron)

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SYDNEY -- Australia's most populous state of New South Wales (NSW) would continue forward with plans to ease COVID-19 restrictions, despite growing concerns over the new Omicron variant.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said on Monday that Australia should not have a "knee-jerk" reaction to the emerging Omicron variant, since the health officials are still obtaining more information and residents needed to learn to live alongside the virus and any new variants. (Australia-COVID-19)

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WELLINGTON -- New projections for the recovery of New Zealand tourism suggest that it could be 2024 before the industry gets close to its "new normal".

Tourism Industry Aotearoa (New Zealand) (TIA) released a Tourism Industry Roadmap to an online audience of more than 400 at the opening of Tourism Summit Aotearoa on Monday. The roadmap sets out an up-to-the-minute analysis of how the industry recovery might progress over the next few years. (New Zealand-Tourism)

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HANOI -- Vietnam recorded an estimated trade value of 599.12 billion U.S. dollars in the first 11 months of this year, up 22.3 percent year on year, with a trade surplus of 225 million U.S. dollars, the General Statistics Office said on Monday.

Specifically, the export revenue stood at 299.67 billion U.S. dollars, up 17.5 percent year-on-year, while the import revenue totaled 299.45 billion U.S. dollars, surging 27.5 percent. (Vietnam-Trade Surplus)

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