A new variant of Covid-19 has been found in Japan. This was announced today by the Japanese Ministry of Health according to the Japan Times. The new mutant strain, which is partly similar to several variants first reported in the UK and South Africa, was detected in four infected people arriving from Brazil, the ministry said. The National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID) said there is currently no evidence that the variant is more contagious but it is investigating whether it can cause severe symptoms or is vaccine resistant. Japan declared a state of emergency over the coronavirus pandemic for Tokyo and three nearby prefectures.

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