Newest Covid variant slips into Delta-freed Japan

Newest Covid variant slips into Delta-freed Japan

 

 

 

 

After largely defeating the Delta variant Japan has reported its first case of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus on Tuesday.

The media said the patient is a diplomat from Namibia.

The infection was detected in a man in his 30s; who has arrived from Namibia, Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said, as quoted by Reuters.

 

Matsuno said the patient is staying in a medical facility. He declined to name the person’s nationality.

 

The Japan Times cited a government source as saying that the patient is a Namibian diplomat; who tested positive for Covid-19 at Narita Airport near Tokyo after arriving there on Sunday.

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Japan closed borders to all foreign travelers on Tuesday in an effort to prevent them from spreading the Omicron variant that; scientists believe may potentially be more contagious and also vaccine-resistant than previously known variants, such as Delta.

 

Omicron was first recorded in Botswana this month; and also designated as a variant of concern by the World Health Organization on Friday.

 

The new strain has spread across southern Africa and has since; reached Europe, North America as well as Australia.

 

Tokyo previously managed to drastically reduce the daily caseload of the Delta variant by mid-November due to its strict Covid rules and a high vaccination rate.

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Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer. [email protected]

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