The Japanese government has again banned the entry of foreigners, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Monday, amid global concerns over the spread of Omicron, the newest coronavirus variant.

The ban that prohibits the entry of foreign nationals, including business travelers and students, will be effective from Tuesday.

It involves “an extraordinary measure until information about the Omicron variant becomes clear," Kishida told reporters.

“This is a preventive, emergency measure to avoid a worst-case scenario,” Kishida said. EFE