There are more and more coronavirus mutations. After the English variant that starts worrying the French health authorities following several cases reported in the country, then the South-African variant, said to be even more contagious, a new strain of Covid-19 has just been found in the world.
This January 11, 2021 Japan has announced to have found a new variant different from the previous two. This new mutation of coronavirus has been identified in people back in the country since January 2 after a stay in Brazil. All in all, four people including two children have bene contaminated by the new variant of Covid-19. Japan did not specify their nationality.
After quick analyses, these mutations end up being mostly similar to the variants found in the United-Kingdom and South-Africa. For now, scientists from Japan's National Institute of Infectious Diseases explained they know very little on this new strain. Therefore, it is not known yet if this new mutation is more contagious than the others, and even less if vaccines developed to fight against coronavirus are effective. Yet, this variant found in Japan has the country fear a surge in new infections.
As of January 12, the Japanese authorities said they want to isolate this new variant to in-depth analyze it. “In order to further analyze the variant, we need to isolate it first”, a health ministry official told AFP. “It could take weeks and even months […]. It's hard to say right now when we can release the details” on the variant, he added.
As for the WHO director general, he warned: “the more the virus spreads, the higher the chance of new changes to the virus."
British Covid variant: reinforced controls in France and at the borders
The British variant - as well as the South-African variant - called VOC-2020 has health authorities very worried. More contagious for adults and children, it is now tracked in France, Olivier Véran said this Thursday January 14, at a press brief. Additional measures are made to prevent these variants from spreading.
Covid: South African variant under strict surveillance
After the United-Kingdom, it is South Africa that has scientists worried. They say a new variant of coronavirus found in the country is likely “more transmissible” than the previous strains already known. A first case has been discovered this December 31, 2020 in France. This Thursday January 14, Jean Castex said border controls will be reinforced to prevent it from exponentially spreading.
Covid: Pfizer says vaccine is effective against British and South-African variants
Good news in the fight against Covid for those caring about the effectiveness of a virus against variants found around the world. This Friday January 8, Pfizer laboratory announced in a release their product was effective against the new British and South-African strains of the virus. Yet, researches still go on, the laboratory explains.