Japan bans entry from all countries to block new strain’s spread

Japan bans entry from all countries to block new strain’s spread

Japanese nationals and foreigners with long-term visas are exempt

TOKYO — Japan will ban entry from all countries to prevent the spread of the more contagious U.K. strain of the coronavirus, the government announced Saturday.

The ban will be in effect from Monday through the end of January. Japanese nationals and foreigners living in Japan will be permitted to return to the country.

As of Friday, five people who traveled from Britain had been confirmed as infected with the new strain.