New variant of coronavirus found in travelers from Brazil: Japanese government
Passengers wearing face protection masks at Luz train station in SÃ£o Paulo, Brazil, August 31, 2020.
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A new variant of the coronavirus has been detected in four travelers from the Brazilian state of Amazonas, the Japanese Ministry of Health announced on Sunday, in the latest case where the pandemic virus is evolving.
A ministry official said studies are underway on the effectiveness of vaccines against the new variant, which differs from the highly infectious variants first found in Britain and South Africa which have resulted in an increase in cases .
“At this time, there is no evidence showing that the new variant found in those in Brazil is high in infectivity,” Takaji Wakita, head of the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, said during a ministry briefing. of Health.
Of the four travelers who arrived at Haneda Airport in Tokyo on January 2, a man in his 40s had breathing problems, a woman in her 30s had a headache and throat pain, and a teenager had a fever. while a woman in her teens showed no symptoms, the health ministry said.
After seeing a sharp increase in coronavirus cases, Japan on Thursday declared a state of emergency for Tokyo and three prefectures neighboring the capital.
Nationwide cases totaled about 289,000, with 4,061 deaths, public broadcaster NHK said.