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COVID variants spreading fast in Japan, Kobe study finds

Nearly 50% of patients in port city infected with new strains since Feb. 19

Kobe has been conducting random checks for COVID-19 variants since Jan. 1 with disturbing results.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- COVID-19 variants are increasing in Kobe, officials in the Japanese port city announced on Monday.

The city conducted a random check for variants among people who tested positive for COVID-19 after Jan. 1. Results showed that those infected by a variant have gradually increased since February.

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