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Japan finds new coronavirus variant in travelers from Brazil

  • TOKYO: A new coronavirus variant has been detected in four travelers from Brazil’s Amazonas state, Japan’s Health Ministry said on Sunday, the latest new mutation of the virus discovered. A ministry official said studies were underway into the efficacy of vaccines against the new variant, whic...
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Philippines confirms local transmission of UK coronavirus variant

  • MANILA: The Philippines has confirmed domestic transmission of the new, highly contagious British variant of the coronavirus, prompting President Rodrigo Duterte to abandon a plan to allow some minors to go outside their homes. “Right now, we have local transmission where this individual or th...
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Taiwan reports first domestic case of Delta COVID-19 variant

  • TAIPEI: Taiwan reported its first domestically transmitted case of the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus on Saturday, tightening controls in a southern part of the island where the cases have occurred. Taiwan is battling a cluster of domestic infections, almost all of them due...
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World Health Organization warns of ‘deltacron’ variant spreading in Europe

  • LONDON: The World Health Organization has warned that a new COVID-19 variant, which is a combination of the previously identified delta and omicron versions, is spreading quickly in parts of Europe. The organization said on Wednesday that the variant, dubbed “deltacron” by some, “has bee...
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Israel reports subvariant of Delta coronavirus strain

  • JERUSALEM: Israel has confirmed a case of a sub-variant of the Delta strain of the coronavirus previously reported in some European countries, the health ministry said. “The variant AY 4.2. that has been discovered in a number of countries in Europe has been identified in Israel,” a ministry s...
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No increased risk of death from UK COVID-19 variant: Studies

  • LONDON: New studies suggest that the UK variant of COVID-19 does not increase the chances of death, serious illness or “long COVID.” Research in The Lancet Infectious Diseases and The Lancet Public Health used data from symptom reports made by 37,000 people to a virus-tracking mobile app and ...
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France confirms case of new coronavirus variant

  • PARIS: French health authorities have confirmed the country’s first case of the virus variant that prompted strict new lockdown measures in Britain and global travel restrictions. A French man living in England arrived in France on Dec. 19 and tested positive for the new variant Friday, the Fr...
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Malaysia reports first case of Indian COVID-19 variant

  • KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has detected its first case of a highly infectious coronavirus variant first identified in India, Health Minister Adham Baba said on Sunday, days after imposing a ban on flights from India. The variant, named B.1.617, was detected in an Indian national screened at the Ku...
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South Africa ‘punished’ for detecting Omicron Covid variant: Government

  • JOHANNESBURG: South Africa complained Saturday that it is being “punished” for detecting a new Covid-19 variant Omicron which the World Health Organization has termed a “variant of concern” and is more transmissible than the dominant Delta strain. The decision by a number of countries around t...
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Delta variant is the majority COVID-19 strain in France, PM says

  • PARIS: The Delta variant of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is now the majority variant of the virus circulating in France, French Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Wednesday. Castex told TF1 television that the major steps taken to tackle fourth wave of infections in the country have be...
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