Japan’s Kyoto, Fukuoka prefectures find new Omicron cases

FILE PHOTO: Commuters wearing protective face masks are seen a day after the government announced the lifting of the state of emergency by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in large parts of the country including Fukuoka, in Fukuoka, southern Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo May 15, 2020. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

TOKYO Japan’s Kyoto and Fukuoka prefectures detected new infections involving the Omicron coronavirus variant, including cases of possible community transmission, a government representative and local media said on Saturday.

Kyoto prefecture in western Japan found four new infections of the Omicron coronavirus variant, including three cases of suspected community transmission as their infection routes were unclear, Kyodo news agency reported.

Southwestern Fukuoka prefecture confirmed one Omicron case that was a possible community transmission, its governor Seitaro Hattori told a news conference.

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