Another new variant of COVID-19 has been detected in Japan, one that appears to have arrived with travellers from Brazil.
This was made known on Sunday by its Health Ministry, saying that the new variant appears to be different from the high infections strains being blamed for an explosion in Britain and South Africa.
The mutation was detected in four people who arrived at Tokyo’s Haneda airport on Jan. 2 after traveling from Brazil’s Amazonas state, including a man having breathing difficulties and another with a fever, officials said.
Takaji Wakita, the head of the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, however, told the ministry that:
“At the moment, there is no proof showing the new variant found in those from Brazil is high in infectiousness, Studies are already underway into the efficacy of vaccines against the new variant”.
Japan has already declared a state of emergency for Tokyo and three prefectures neighboring the capital after an explosion of cases.
The nation has so far had almost 289,000 confirmed cases, with 3,850 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data.