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UK variant of coronavirus detected in Shizuoka 

  • January 19, 2021
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All national papers reported today on the Heath Ministry’s announcement last night that three people in Shizuoka have tested positive for the UK strain of COVID-19, saying that since none of them have recently traveled overseas or been in close contact with people who have, the cases could indicate community transmission of the new variant, which is said to be 70% more infectious that the original strain. This was the first time for the new variant to be detected in cases for which the infection routes cannot be traced. The ministry separately disclosed that the same strain was detected in a Tokyo man in his 20s who arrived in Japan from the UK on Dec. 31.    

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