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Japan finds new COVID virus strain, distinct from UK and Africa types

Variant detected in four passengers who arrived in Tokyo from Brazil

An arrival gate at Tokyo's Haneda Airport: A new coronavirus variant has been found in four passengers who flew into the airport.    © Reuters

TOKYO -- A new variant of the virus behind COVID-19 has been detected in Japan, the country's Health Ministry announced on Sunday.

It was found in four people -- male and female, ranging from their teens to their 40s -- who arrived from Brazil. While there are similarities to strains first reported in the U.K. and South Africa, this particular type does not appear to have been spotted before.

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