The first known local broadcasts of the Omicron variant in Japan were confirmed in Osaka on Wednesday.
Osaka Governor Hirofumi Yoshimura said the cases were reported in a family of three who had no overseas travel record, according to the Associated Press.
“I believe they were discovered accidentally and we have to assume that there are other cases of transmission in the community already,” he allegedly said.
Yoshimura said COVID-19 restrictions, including capacity and time restrictions in restaurants, will remain in place to help curb the risk of infection during the holiday season, the AP noted.
Nearly 80 of the Omicron cases previously reported in Japan were all related to people who recently entered from airports or people connected to them, the intelligence service added.
Japan’s Health Minister Shigeyuki Goto reportedly said in response to the new cases that the government was taking all possible steps to contain the spread of the virus.
Earlier this month, the country reintroduced strict border controls to protect itself from the spread of Omicron.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida also confirmed on Tuesday that border controls with entry restrictions will be maintained until more is known about the Omicron variant.
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