A new mutant strain of coronavirus is discovered in Japan – health officials say it has similarities to highly contagious variants in the UK and South Africa
- Invisible strain found in Japan after passengers tested positive for viruses
- Four men and women up to the age of 40 have been found to have the new strain
- They arrived from Brazil at Haneda Airport in Tokyo on Saturday, January 2nd
- The Japanese Health and Welfare Agency reported the new discovery to WHO
A new mutant strain of coronavirus has been discovered in Japan, which health officials say bears similarities to the highly contagious variants in the UK and South Africa.
The previously undiscovered mutation was found in four people who arrived on a flight from Brazil.
According to Nikkei Asia, passengers landed at Tokyo's Haneda Airport on Saturday, January 2.
The group, described as men and women between the ages of teenagers and 40, took tests at the airport that turned out positive.
Three of those who tested positive for the virus had symptoms such as difficulty breathing, fever, and a sore throat.
A new strain of coronavirus was identified in Japan after four passengers arriving on a flight from Brazil tested positive at the airport. Pictured: People wear face masks in Tokyo
Three of those who tested positive for the virus had symptoms such as difficulty breathing, fever, and a sore throat. Pictured: Haneda Airport in Tokyo
According to Bloomberg, a man in his forties had come to Japan with no symptoms but was later hospitalized when he had difficulty breathing.
Her tests were taken to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, which confirmed it was the mutated variant.
The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Social Welfare has reported the new burden to the World Health Organization.
The information available about the new strain is currently limited to its genetic makeup and it is not yet possible to determine how infectious it is.
It is also not yet possible to know whether the vaccines that are being introduced around the world will have any effect on the control.
Japan has recently seen more than 7,000 new cases per day, with Tokyo's daily cases exceeding 2,000.
The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Social Welfare has reported the new burden to the World Health Organization. Pictured: People wear masks on the street in Tokyo
In total, Japan has confirmed more than 270,000 cases, including over 3,900 deaths.
Several regional governments in Japan have asked for a declaration of emergency, like the one issued by the Prime Minister in the Tokyo area, to curb the soaring rise in coronavirus cases.
The heads of Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo prefectures in central Japan passed their request on to Yasutoshi Nishimura, the minister responsible for coronavirus measures, in an online conference call on Saturday, Osaka Governor Hirofumi Yoshimura told reporters.
There was no immediate decision, but the government body of medical experts will be investigating the situation, Yoshimura said.
Japan's state of emergency, which began for Tokyo and nearby Kanagawa, Saitama, and Chiba on Friday, is focused on asking restaurants and bars to close at 8 p.m. It lasts a month but can be extended.