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Japan bans entry of foreign visitors as omicron spreads

As cases of a new coronavirus variant are confirmed around the world, Japan announced Monday that it will suspend entry of all foreign visitors, joining an increasing number of countries that are tightening their borders as fear spreads of yet another extension of pandemic suffering.

Planes are parked at gates at Tokyo Haneda International Airport as Mount Fuji appears Tuesday, May 4, 2021, in Tokyo.(AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

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This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, orange, emerging from the surface of cells, green, cultured in the lab. (NIAID-RML via AP)