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Japanese Health Ministry finds new virus variant

PTI
Published : Jan 11, 2021, 11:37 am IST
Updated : Jan 11, 2021, 11:37 am IST

Japan was working with other nations, the WHO and other medical experts to analyze the new version of the virus

People walk around in the Shinjuku neighborhood of Tokyo on Thursday, January. 7, 2021, after Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced a state of emergency. Japan declared a state of emergency in Tokyo and three nearby prefectures, starting Friday as coronavirus cases continued to surge in the nation. (AP/Hiro Komae)
 People walk around in the Shinjuku neighborhood of Tokyo on Thursday, January. 7, 2021, after Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced a state of emergency. Japan declared a state of emergency in Tokyo and three nearby prefectures, starting Friday as coronavirus cases continued to surge in the nation. (AP/Hiro Komae)

Tokyo: The Japanese Health Ministry has found a coronavirus variant in people arriving from Brazil that's different from the ones in Britain and South Africa.

The variant was found in airport tests on a man in his 40s, a woman in her 30s and two teens, the ministry said Sunday.

 

Japan was working with other nations, the WHO and other medical experts to analyze the new version of the virus, and it was still unclear whether available vaccines would work.

The man who tested positive had no symptoms upon arrival but was hospitalised after his breathing became difficult. The woman suffered head aches, one teen, a male, had a fever, while the other female teen had no symptoms, according to the ministry.

About 30 cases of variants from Britain and South Africa have earlier been reported in Japan. Experts are worried the variants appear to spread faster.

Japan has declared a state of emergency for the Tokyo area, which kicked in Friday, asking restaurants and bars to close at 8 pm. Some have complained that's not enough, noting train stations and eateries are still packed, including at night.

 

Japan has had about 4,000 deaths related to COVID-19 so far, and more than 280,000 confirmed cases.

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