United Kingdom variant cases found with no United Kingdom contact

  • United Kingdom variant cases found with no United Kingdom contact

United Kingdom variant cases found with no United Kingdom contact

The government also said that, as of 9am on Tuesday, there had been a further 33,355 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK.

Japanese doctors have detected a fast-spreading variant of the new coronavirus first discovered in Britain in three people who had not travelled there, the Health Ministry said on Monday.

Shizuoka Gov. Heita Kawakatsu announced the warning at a news conference, saying that while the prefectural government still lacked information on the spread of the new variant, "it is necessary to take more thorough prevention measures and further strengthen measures for medical care provision". The ministry says the people have no recent history of overseas travel and no known contact with people infected with the variant.

Britain is now gripped by its third and deadliest wave of the virus, blamed on a new strain believed to be highly infectious.

The three, aged from their 20s to their 60s and living in Shizuoka prefecture, about 200 km (125 miles) west of Tokyo, first had symptoms in early January, the ministry said. The female in her 40s was a close contact of the female in her 20s. A company called NeuTigers, born out of research from Princeton University, has developed an artificial intelligence product called CovidDeep that can help identify people with the virus in clinical situations or care homes.

Public Health England said the figure was of those who had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Tuesday, bringing the United Kingdom total to 91,470.

The ministry suspects they may have contracted the variant through community-acquired infections inside Japan.