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Japan confirms 4th case of Omicron variant infection

A staff member of Cathay Pacific Airways helps a passenger at the Narita International Airport in Narita, east of Tokyo, Dec. 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan on Wednesday confirmed its fourth case of infection by the Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus, the health ministry said.

    A man in his 50s with a history of travel to Nigeria tested positive upon arrival at Narita airport near Tokyo on Saturday, according to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.

    The other 103 passengers on the same flight have been identified, and their health conditions will be monitored, the ministry said. The man received his first and second doses of Pfizer Inc.'s COVID-19 vaccine in October, it said.

    Japan confirmed its first case of the Omicron variant on Nov. 30. So far, all four cases have been detected at airports as people arriving from abroad were tested for coronavirus infection.

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