Japan reports first case of new coronavirus strain that emerged in South Africa


The first case of the new coronavirus variant discovered in South Africa has been confirmed in Japan, the Japan Times reports.

A lady who arrived from South Africa in Japan on December 19 and examined constructive for Covid-19 turned out to be contaminated with the new 501.V2 strain, the newspaper stated on Tuesday.

According to Japanese media reports, one other six instances of the new coronavirus strain that emerged in the UK earlier this month have been confirmed in Japan. Thus Japan now has a complete of 15 instances of new coronavirus variants.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has introduced new coronavirus restrictions together with strict mask-wearing guidelines and a curfew extension amid fears over the new coronavirus strain (501.V2) that might be extra infectious.

Earlier this month, UK well being officers introduced that the nation had recognized a new variant of the coronavirus that spreads quicker than different strains. Many nations have suspended passenger journey to and from the United Kingdom in a bid to forestall the import of the new virus strain.


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