Japan detects new mutant ‘vaccine-busting’ Covid variant from traveller coming from Philippines
Japan detects a new mutant ‘vaccine-busting’ Covid variant from travelers from the Philippines.
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A NEW strain of “vaccine-busting” mutant Covid has been found in a traveler who arrived in Japan from the Philippines, officials say.
The 60-year-old man arrived at Narita Airport near Tokyo on February 25 and was asymptomatic, authorities said.
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A new strain of mutant Covid has been detected in a man, 60, who arrived in Japan from the Philippines[/caption]
However, during his mandatory quarantine, he tested positive for Covid-19.
Yesterday, health officials in Japan confirmed that the man was infected with a new variant “distinct” from the new strains found in Brazil, South Africa, and the UK.
The Philippines strain is thought to pose a similar threat to those other mutant variants, which are more contagious and more deadly than the original coronavirus.
And the newly discovered virus may also be better at killing antibodies, including those gained through vaccination – much like the South African and Brazilian variants, reports the Japan Times.
The health ministry said the mutant variant has already spread in the Philippines and Japan.
A spokesperson said: “The strain has begun to be detected in the Philippines and has spread to some extent here.”
The nationality of the man who carried the virus to Japan last month has not been publicly revealed.
According to officials in Japan, 34 cases have been found in the Philippines since late-January.
Yet, according to CNN Philippines, the Department of Health in the Southeast Asian country has to comment on the new strain.
Meanwhile, surge testing has been deployed to two new areas of London to stop the South African variant’s spread.
Health officials this week said people living in certain areas of Wandsworth must take a Covid test – even if they don’t have symptoms.
A small number of cases of the South Africa variant, which aren’t linked to travel, were identified.
The variant was first found in the country in December, and experts have warned that it can spread faster than others – with hundreds of more cases thought to be undetected.
The new strain is thought to pose a similar threat as other mutant variants of Covid-19[/caption]
And experts have warned that the Brazil mutant strain could be three times more infectious than other types and may render vaccines less effective.
The P1 mutation was first detected in jungle city Manaus, spread like wildfire as cemeteries filled with hundreds of new graves.
It has become the dominant strain elsewhere in Brazil, driving an alarming rise in deaths and infections.
In the UK, the Kent Covid variant is up to twice as deadly compared with the original strain, scientists have warned.
The strain is the most dominant in Britain and has reached all corners of the globe.
Covid-19 has killed more than 2.6 million people worldwide since the start of the pandemic in late-2019.