Japan has reported no daily deaths from COVID-19 for the first time in 15 months, as infections decline rapidly.
Health officials said there were no deaths the previous day, giving Japan a total of 18,310 fatalities since the pandemic began. The country also eased entry restrictions for foreign students, workers and short-term business travelers who are fully vaccinated, have their activity plans guaranteed by sponsors and observe 10 days of self-isolation. Nationwide cases started falling in September. Experts have attributed the decline to vaccination progress as well as widespread mask wearing and use of disinfectants, among other reasons.