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New Covid Variant Found In Travellers From Brazil: Japan Government

Pedestrians carrying protecting masks, amid the Covid outbreak in Tokyo, Japan. (Reuters)


A brand new coronavirus variant has been detected in 4 travellers from Brazil’s Amazonas state, Japan’s Health Ministry stated on Sunday, within the newest occasion the pandemic virus is evolving.

A ministry official stated research had been underway into the efficacy of vaccines in opposition to the brand new variant, which differs from highly-infectious variants first present in Britain and South Africa which have pushed a surge in instances.

“At the moment, there is no proof showing the new variant found in those from Brazil is high in infectiousness,” Takaji Wakita, head of the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, advised a well being ministry briefing.

Of the 4 travellers who arrived at Tokyo’s Haneda airport on Jan. 2, a person in his forties had an issue respiratory, a girl in her thirties had a headache and sore throat and a person in his teenagers had a fever, whereas a girl in her teenagers confirmed no signs, the well being ministry stated.


After seeing a steep rise in coronavirus instances, Japan declared a state of emergency for Tokyo and three prefectures neighbouring the capital on Thursday.

Nationwide instances have totalled about 289,000, with 4,061 deaths, public broadcaster NHK stated.

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