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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

New COVID-19 Strain Detected in Japan

A new variant of COVID-19  has been detected in Japan at a Tokyo immigration facility.

There were 5 staff and 39 foreign detainees that tested positive for COVID-19 at the Tokyo immigration facility where the strain was discovered.

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobo Kato disclosed that the mutant variant known as E484K, has been found in 91 cases in the Kanto area of eastern Japan while two were found in airports. 

“It may be more contagious than conventional strains, and if it continues to spread domestically, it could lead to a rapid rise in cases,” said Kato.

The National Institute of Infectious Diseases said that they believed that the strain came from overseas and is different from the UK and South  African strains.

Japan has reported 151 cases of variants from Britain, South Africa, and Brazil so far and currently has 400,000 cases of COVID-19 with 7,194 fatalities.

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