Japan’s Ministry of Health said on Sunday that a new variant of the coronavirus had been found among four travelers from the Brazilian state of Amazonas. In the latest situation, the pandemic virus is evolving.
An official from the Ministry of Health said that research on the vaccine efficacy of this new variant is ongoing, which is different from the highly infectious variant that was first discovered in the UK and South Africa that caused a surge in cases.
In a notification from the Department of Health, Takaji Wakita, director of the National Institute of Infectious Diseases of the United States, said: “At present, there is no evidence that the new variants found in Brazil are highly infectious.”
Among the four passengers who arrived at Tokyo Haneda Airport on January 2, a man in his forties had difficulty breathing, a woman in her thirties had a headache and a sore throat, and a teenager had a fever. A teenage girl has a fever. The Ministry of Health said her teenager had no symptoms.
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After seeing a sharp increase in coronavirus cases, Japan declared a state of emergency in Tokyo and the three prefectures adjacent to the capital on Thursday.
NHK said there were approximately 289,000 cases nationwide, and 4,061 deaths.