Mutated SARS-CoV-2 strain confirmed in Japan as nationwide case tally hits record high

 Mutated SARS-CoV-2 strain confirmed in Japan as nationwide case tally hits record high

Tokyo, Dec 25: Japan on Friday confirmed its first cases of a mutated form of COVID-19 in five people who entered the nation from the U.K., health minister Norihisa Tamura said.



The same day, Japan confirmed a record 3,748 new coronavirus cases, the third consecutive day above 3,000.

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The people who tested positive with the new strain, which is said to spread more easily and was blamed for a recent spike in infections in the U.K., returned to Japan this month—two at Tokyo’s Haneda airport and and three at Kansai International Airport in Osaka.



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