New coronavirus variant found in travellers from Brazil: Japan government

Clay Curtis
January 11, 2021

A new mutant strain of coronavirus has been discovered in Japan which health official say has similarities to that of the highly-contagious variants in Britain and South Africa.

According to Nikkei Asia, the passengers landed at Haneda Airport in Tokyo on Saturday, January 2. Rises like this Number of 34 infections Confirmed version of strain Kovid-19 in Japan.

Still, Brazil's Health Ministry said it has been notified by Japan's authorities that the new variant has 12 mutations, and one of them has already been identified also in the variants found in the United Kingdom and in South Africa. Such symptoms appeared in three Shortness of breath, fever and sore throat.

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Despite the man testing negative when he arrived into Japan and was supposed to be a home for two weeks, he's since tested positive. At present, the institute said, it is hard to judge the strain's transmissibility, the risk of developing serious symptoms and the effectiveness of vaccines.

The new strains of COVID have put a lot of strain on the governments around the world.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared a monthlong state of emergency for Tokyo and neighbouring prefectures Chiba, Kanagawa and Saitama, which took effect Friday. It lasts for a month but can be extended.

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