Japan confirms cases of new coronavirus variant

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Japan’s well being ministry has confirmed the nation’s first cases of an infection with the new variant of the coronavirus that was recognized in Britain.

The 5 individuals arrived between December 18 and December 21, earlier than Japan stepped up border management on Friday for entrants from Britain. A person in his 60s developed fatigue, however the different 4 have been with out signs.

Health Minister Norihisa Tamura mentioned the 5 have been despatched to quarantine straight from the airports.

After they examined optimistic for the virus, additional evaluation performed on the National Institute of Infectious Diseases decided that they had the British variant that’s 70 per cent extra transmissible, the ministry mentioned in an announcement.

Shigeru Omi, head of a authorities taskforce, referred to as for tighter border management to forestall new variants. (AP) MRJ

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