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Coronavirus variant from South Africa found in Japan

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By Irene Wang and Kiyoshi Takenaka

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Japanese people are bringing more than duty free back to Japan then...

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Stay safe, everyone!

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Screening has been already demonstrate as insufficient to stop completely the transmission of the disease, there is a huge window of time where a person can be tested negative but later spread the infection. Without complete closing of the borders, finding international strains circulating in the country is just a matter of days.

Still, at this point there is no reason to worry unnecessarily, efforts should be made to stop the spreading, but until now there is no evidence that the new strains are more dangerous once infected or that it can escape the immunity produced from previous infections.

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Without complete closing of the borders, finding international strains circulating in the country is just a matter of days.

this ^ sratement is contradictory to your previous posts in support of the WHO's advice keep borders open and not have international travel restrictions.

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Will All the fear mongers please settle down.

No need for panic

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this ^ sratement is contradictory to your previous posts in support of the WHO's advice keep borders open and not have international travel restrictions.

Quote the comment then, it would not be the first time someone criticize something I have never said just because the critic was not able to understand correctly what was actually been said.

So, what is exactly what I wrote? I don't even remember the WHO ever saying that you can completely stop transmission without any travel restrictions, much less after scientific evidence of the insufficiency of screening for this purpose was obtained (which is what would be contradicted by this). Are you confusing me with someone else or are you mixing two completely different arguments?

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Virus including Covid mutate all the time. New strains will emerge. Virus basically have a survival of the fittest life cycle. If they can’t spread quickly and adapt, they just die out.

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. I ask each minister to raise the level of their sense of urgency and thoroughly carry out counter measures,"

After hearing this " need to increase sense of urgency " empty bs line for months and months how about govt actually move their as .s and start doing something " practical " for once. Where is the promised 200 thousand tests per day for example?

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Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga urged calm ahead of the New Year holidays, when hospitals tend to be understaffed, and instructed ministers to remain alert.

Yeah, those ministers remaining alert ought to really help fix the problem.

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Funny thing, woke media in Canada is not reporting on the variant because it was identified in Africa will never call it the Wuhan Flu but they have been screaming about the UK variant.

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"Even though Japan is doing things to counter the variant, there are still reports of cases in Japan," 56-year-old Seiji Oohira said on arriving from India, where he works for a construction-related company.

"So I think it's better to tighten the restrictions even a little bit further."

Let me translate, it means we Japanese can travel but close the border to foreigners.

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"A New, More Contagious COVID-19 Strain Has Been Reported in the U.K."

https://time.com/5923758/new-covid-strain-uk/

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People do also realize that with time, a virus will naturally mutate and strengthen in new forms? Closing borders will limit such new strains from entering but it’s technically already here mutating on its own.

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People do also realize that with time, a virus will naturally mutate and strengthen in new forms? Closing borders will limit such new strains from entering but it’s technically already here mutating on its own.

exactly

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Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga urged calm 

Who was already in panic ? Ministries, media?

Not me and the citizens for sure.

The authorities have been doing afterward analysis of samples of people arrived over the past two weeks, before the border closure, to detect this variant .

Japanese people are back in numbers for the Oshogatsu and not much can be done to avoid the entrance of the virus, just tightening the measures already in place

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Every virus mutates but every mutation weakens its strength. At least that was the case in previous epidemics. That does not mean a mutated version can not initially be more infectious.

The eyes must be on the ball. And that means now, implementing a vaccination campaign but Japan is far far behind just about everyone. Not one good reason anymore not to approve at least the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. The risks are by far outweighed by the benefits. Of course that means only comparative small profits for Japan pharma as importers/ distributors. But waiting for a copycat Japanese vaccine should be considered criminal and close to manslaughter

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Now there will be no end to these variants. We're all cooked.

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A Japanese man travelling from India urges more restrictions? You can’t make it up.

I wish the government would concentrate on what is going on inside Japan and stop focussing on elsewhere. The virus is endemic in Japan. Look at the problems here, and how the spread can be mitigated here.

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This story is rabble-rousing, laying out tid-bits, with no follow up.

So, one woman has been "found" with a SA strain.

At the airport? If not, where?

Did she use public transport?

Is she the only one "found" with it?

Is she now in hospital in quarantine?

Japanese travel at will for business, are they more immune than holiday travelers?

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Give it a few weeks and the rest of the world would probably have the new CV-19 strain unless some government decides to completely shut itself off like North Korea. I'm honestly itching to know if there are any current CV-19 vaccine that works on this new strain, but I doubt that they'll openly state that their serum don't work against the new and improved virus. Stay safe and stay apart everyone.

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Until confirming coronavirus variant inside country, Japan's government had only repeated excuse to change nothing.

Covid-19 re-epidemic in Japan revealed incompetence and dullness of Suga government.

But Suga acts as if he is "leader".

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Japanese travel at will for business, are they more immune than holiday travelers?

Yes...gambarying for the almighty J- Inc guarantees immunity apparently. Banzaai.

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