Japan has expanded its travel ban on foreigners entering the country, banning residents from ten southern African countries from entering.

ANA and JAL, two Japanese airlines, have also announced that new reservations for international flights to Japan will be suspended until the end of December, and sources have said that the government is seeking a halt to all such reservations.

In response to the emergence of Omicron, Japan imposed some of the toughest measures in the world on Monday, closing its borders to non-Japanese for approximately a month. A day later, Japan's first Omicron case was detected in a Namibian diplomat.

Japan also reported a second case of the Omicron virus in a traveller. It was a foreign male, and a Peruvian traveller.

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The border closure, which would affect residents of southern African countries, will begin at midnight on Wednesday and last for at least a month. Foreign residents from South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Lesotho, Angola, Botswana, and Zimbabwe are affected.

"From a prevention standpoint, we would not only prohibit new admission by foreigners, but also returning foreigners with resident status, unless there are unique extenuating circumstances," stated Hirokazu Matsuno, chief cabinet secretary.

"We will maintain a sense of urgency and keep track of the situation in other countries so that we can respond fast and flexibly." He stated that none of the 70 people listed as close contacts on the plane with the Namibian diplomat had exhibited signs of becoming unwell.

Shigeyuki Goto, Japan's health minister, later stated that his ministry was in contact with local governments to keep an eye on the other passengers.