Boris Johnson “concerned” about new virus strain found in Japan
Author: Liss Morales | Wednesday 13th January 2021
Boris Johnson has stated that he is worried about a new virus strain which he claims is more easily transmitted. However, promises Britain’s borders will be stopping infections entering from abroad.
According to the Prime Minister, a strain had been transmitted from Brazil to Japan. This has led to tighter lockdown restrictions and more flight bans.
Speaking to MPs, Johnson said: "We are concerned about the new Brazilian variant.
"We already have tough measures, as you know, to stop from new infections come from abroad.
"We are taking steps to do that in response to the Brazilian variation."
Japanese health officials claim to have discovered a new distinct virus strain. The strain was allegedly detected on four passengers who landed at Haneda Airport in Tokyo from Brazil on January 2.
According to Nikkei Asia, the strain has similarities to others but isn’t the same as any they’ve seen before.
Japan has reported the new strain to the World Health Organisation (WHO), and has expanded their state of emergency to cover more regions.
There have been no reports of the strain in the UK or details of differing symptoms to Covid-19’s main signs which are: a new persistent cough, a high temperature and a loss of taste or smell.
Updates to follow.