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15 Minutes of Luxury During Quarantine

All journalists who just arrived in Japan will continue to be monitored for their health in the first 14 days from arrival.

Oleh Agung Setyahadi from Tokyo, Japan
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A journalist covering the Tokyo Olympics, July 23-August 9, 2021, takes a saliva sample for an anti-Covid-19 PCR test at a hotel where he is staying in the Shinjuku area, Tokyo, Japan, Monday (19/7/2021).

As soon as we entered the lobby of the hotel where journalists are staying while covering the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Sunday (18/7/2021), our freedom was immediately snatched away. At the hotel in the Shinjuku area, journalists who have just arrived in Tokyo must undergo a three-day quarantine period.

The hotel is monitored 24 hours a day by employees and there is also the requirement to take a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test every day. Shinjuku, with its iconic narrow streets, is clearly seen from the bedroom glass windows. However, sanctions in the form of the revocation of coverage accreditation and deportation for those who violate the self-quarantine regulations discourage resistance. Now is the time to limit our freedom only to the hotel room and lobby.

Editor: naranasrullah
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