As per the announcement by Japan’s Health Ministry, a new strain of Coronavirus has been detected in four passengers that arrived from Brazil on 2nd January. The passengers include males and females both with an age range between teens to 40s. One male in his 40s was positive, but asymptomatic upon arrival was admitted into the hospital because his respiratory system started weakening. The National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID) told on Sunday that the new variant exhibits similarities to those found in the UK and South Africa.
All the information shared regarding the new Coronavirus variant only reveals its genetic makeup. At this point, it is not easy to determine the severity of the infectious strain and how much effective would the COVID-19 vaccines be against it, according to the NIID.
NIID has started their research on the new strain found in order to determine how infectious this strain could be. Furthermore, the institute has also reported the detection of a new Coronavirus variant to the World’s Health Organization (WHO).