The UK strain has also been detected in Japan.
The strains found in the United Kingdom and South Africa have been found to be more contagious than the original one that was discovered in December 2019 in China.
A new mutation of the deadly coronavirus has reportedly been found in Japan. Three had shown symptoms such as difficulty breathing, fever and sore throat. It is not clear whether the current vaccines will be effective against the new variant.
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England is now under a national lockdown, with hospitals overwhelmed by patients and medical personnel under unprecedented strain. OR plans to dispense thousands of shots at the state fairgrounds in Salem this weekend with help from the National Guard.
Bloomberg came out with the news signalling a new coronavirus (COVID-19) variant, having similar characteristics to that from the UK's covid strain, during its latest news. JapanMeanwhile, is in the midst of its own Worst coronavirus wave ever encountered.
The group, described as men and women aged from their teens to 40s, took tests at the airport which came back positive. The man, who initially tested negative on arrival, should have been left at home for two weeks.
Lockdown extended as cases surge: Earlier in the week, the government extended the country's national lockdown - originally scheduled until January 10 - until the end of the month, while tightening restrictions on movement and contact to curb the spread of the virus. "It implies a potential higher virus infectiousness", it said.