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Japan to reduce quarantine days for COVID******
Japan will further cut the quarantine period from the current 10 days to seven days for people who came in close contact with someone infected with COVID-19, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Friday.
The decision was made amid the "sixth wave" of infections across the country due to the highly transmissible Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus.
On Friday, Japan logged 81,811 new infection cases, with Tokyo alone reporting 17,631, once again setting new records.
Kishida said the decision was made in light of "expert opinions and new scientific evidence", adding that Japan needs to strike a balance between curbing infections and maintaining functions in the society.
The quarantine days for essential workers in the area of medical treatment, police, child care and nursing care, meanwhile, will be reduced from the current six days to five days through using a combination of two COVID-19 tests, Kishida said.
On January 14, the Japanese government reduced the quarantine period from 14 days to 10 days, but the business community among others asked for further shortening, in light of the new variant's characteristics.
According to Japan's National Institute of Infectious Diseases, the possibility of developing symptoms from Omicron is less than 1 percent on the 10th day after having contact with the virus, compared with 5 percent on the seventh day.
Romero twins return to Paraguay squad for World Cup qualifiers******
ASUNCION, Nov. 5 (Xinhua) -- Oscar and Angel Romero have been recalled to Paraguay's squad for 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Chile and Colombia, the Paraguayan Football Association said on Friday.。
The twin brothers have not played competitively since August, when they both parted ways with Argentine Primer Division club San Lorenzo.。
As expected, new manager Guillermo Barros Schelotto also named Newcastle United playmaker Miguel Almiron and Palmeiras defender Gustavo Gomez in his provisional 28-man squad.。
Barros Schelotto was appointed Paraguay boss last month after the sacking of fellow Argentine Eduardo Berizzo.。
Paraguay will play Chile in Asuncion on November 11 and Colombia in Barranquilla five days later.。
The Guaranies are currently eighth in the 10-team South American qualifying group. The top four teams will progress to the group stage of next year's World Cup in Qatar while the fifth-ranked side will advance to an intercontinental playoff.。
Following is the Paraguay squad:。
Goalkeepers: Antony Silva (Puebla), Gerardo Ortiz (Once Caldas) and Alfredo Aguilar (Olimpia).。
Defenders: Gustavo Gomez (Palmeiras), Junior Alonso (Atletico Mineiro), Fabin Balbuena (Dinamo Moscow), Omar Alderete (Valencia), Alberto Espinola (Cerro), David Martinez and Robert Rojas (River Plate), Juan Escobar (Cruz Azul) and Santiago Arzamendia (Cadiz).。
Midfielders: Jorge Morel (Lanus), Andres Cubas (Nimes), Mathias Villasanti (Gremio), Matias Rojas (Racing), Celso Ortiz (Monterrey), Angel Cardozo Lucena (Cerro Porteno), Braian Ojeda (Nottingham Forest-), Braian Samudio (Toluca), Oscar Romero (no team), Alejandro Romero Gamarra (Al-Taawon) and Miguel Almiron (Newcastle).。
Forwards: Antonio Sanabria (Torino), Angel Romero (no team) Carlos Gonzalez (Tigres), Julio Enciso (Libertad) and Luis Amarilla (Liga de Quito). Enditem。
Riyadh Season to feature Maradona Cup between Barcelona and Boca Juniors******
RIYADH, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- Saudi Arabia's second edition of its Riyadh Season will play host to a football event called the Maradona Cup on December 14.
The event, which is a tribute to Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona, will see Spanish side FC Barcelona take on Argentina's Boca Juniors, both of whom Maradona played for.
The Riyadh Season will also host another football match in January 2022 between French giants Paris Saint-Germain and a team comprising players from Saudi clubs Al-Hilal and Al-Nasr.
The 2021 Riyadh Season, which began on October 20 with a parade, aims to attract a diverse audience with more than 7,000 events, including music, arts, theater, food and sports.
The season, part of initiatives to promote diversity in the kingdom, will continue until March 2022 and the various activities are held in an area spanning 5.4 million square meters throughout 14 different zones in Riyadh.