New Covid Strain Found In Travellers From Brazil

  • Posted on January 11, 2021
  • Heath & Foods
  • By Sumon Bhadra
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A ministry official said studies were underway into the efficacy of vaccines against the new covid strain, which differs from highly-infectious variants first found in Britain and South Africa

New Covid Strain Found In Travellers From Brazil

A new covid strain has been detected in four travellers from Brazil's Amazonas state, Health Department said on Sunday, in the latest instance the pandemic virus is evolving.

A ministry official said studies were underway into the efficacy of vaccines against the new strain , which differs from highly-infectious variants first found in Britain and South Africa that have driven a surge in cases.

"At the moment, there is no proof showing the new strain found in those from Brazil is high in infectiousness," Takaji Wakita, head of the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, told a health ministry briefing.

Of the four travellers who arrived at Tokyo's Haneda airport on Jan. 2, a man in his forties had a problem breathing, a woman in her thirties had a headache and sore throat and a man in his teens had a fever, while a woman in her teens showed no symptoms, the health ministry said.

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