Japan says new coronavirus variant found in travellers from Brazil

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The cause of the fire is under investigation. The identity of the victim was not released.


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Japan says new coronavirus variant found in travellers from Brazil

TOKYO (REUTERS) – A new coronavirus variant has been found in four travellers from Brazil, the Japanese Health Ministry said on Sunday (Jan 10).

It is different from the variants first found in Britain or South Africa, Dr Takaji Wakita, head of the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, told a health ministry briefing.

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