Japan, one of Guam’s major tourism markets, was noticeably absent from the list of low-risk areas released by Adelup yesterday.
Under the new quarantine policy announced by the administration, tourists will be allowed to stay for up to 5 days without showing proof of a negative test for COVID-19 as long as they come from low-risk countries.
The initial list of low-risk countries included Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, the FSM, the CNMI, and Palau.
But the latest list doesn’t mention Japan, which has lately been experiencing a spike in COVID-19 cases.
According to The Japan Times, the capital city of Tokyo experienced a surge this week, recording 366 new COVID-19 cases, thereby topping the 300 mark for the first time and leaping more than 100 cases from the previous day.
In the meantime, 920 new daily infections have been confirmed at a nationwide level as of 7 p.m. on Thursday, setting a record a second straight day, according to public broadcaster NHK.