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WHO Says it Was Notified of New Covid-19 Variant Found in Japan

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Japan's health ministry said on Sunday it had detected a new coronavirus variant in four travellers from Brazil's Amazonas state.

The World Health Organization said on Monday it had been notified by Japan of a new variant of the coronavirus discovered there.

Japan's health ministry said on Sunday it had detected a new coronavirus variant in four travellers from Brazil's Amazonas state. The variant featured 12 mutations, including one also found in highly infections variants discovered in England and South Africa.

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first published:January 12, 2021, 00:28 IST