COVID-19 classification to be lowered this spring in principle: Japan PM
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida pledged Friday to promote debate on a possible downgrade of the legal status of the novel coronavirus to the same level as seasonal influenza this spring.
The change would be a big turning point toward the normalization of social and economic activities in the country, and would probably result in foreigners being able to enter Japan without PCR tests or quarantine.
Kishida also told reporters that his government will review rules on the wearing of face masks and infectious measures against the spread of COVID-19.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks to reporters at his office in Tokyo on Jan. 20, 2023. (Kyodo)