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New COVID-19 strains spreading rapidly in Japan

  • March 13, 2021
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The Saturday editions of all national dailies reported on the rapid spread of the new strains of the novel coronavirus across Japan, saying that a total of 271 people had tested positive for the UK, South African, or Brazilian variants as of March 9, up 60% from a week ago. An additional 74 cases had been detected at ports of entry. One of the carriers was infected with the Philippine strain, which is said to be just as contagious as the three other variants. Public health experts are reportedly calling for tighter border control at ports of entry to prevent further infiltration.

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