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Three people in Saitama test positive for UK strain of COVID-19 

  • January 29, 2021
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All national papers highlighted a Health Ministry announcement last night that three individuals in Saitama have tested positive for the UK variant of the novel coronavirus, saying that none of them have traveled to the UK recently. Since one of their coworkers in Tokyo was previously infected with the UK strain, the ministry suspects that they got it from this person. 


In a related story, Yomiuri reported that according to the Tokyo metropolitan government, the positivity rate of a coronavirus antibody test conducted in December on the blood samples of some 4,000 residents in Tokyo was 1.8%, up 50% from two months ago. The increase reportedly indicates an increase in community transmission of the virus.       

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