Another variant of COVID-19 found in Japan

Another new variant of novel coronavirus has been found in Japan, the Japanese Health Ministry said today.

Japan Times reported that the new mutant strain, which is partly similar to different variants reported in the UK and South Africa, was detected in four infected people who arrived from Brazil.

With no information available on the transmissibility of the newly found variant, whether it could cause severe symptoms and whether or not it is resistant to vaccines, the National Institute of Infectious Diseases and others are conducting detailed research on the virus strain.