Five more prefectures in Japan have issued declarations for strengthening measures against the rapidly spreading BA.5 omicron subvariant of COVID-19.
The five, which made the moves Friday, are Miyagi, Niigata, Gifu, Mie and Okayama. Tochigi, Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa, Aichi, Kyoto, Kumamoto and Kagoshima have already issued such a declaration.
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COVID-19 in Japan, COVID-19 variants