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UK Coronavirus Strain Becoming More Prevalent in Japan, Investigation in Kobe City Says

TOKYO (Sputnik) – The share of the UK coronavirus variant among COVID-19 cases confirmed in Japan over the past two months has steadily increased, according to an investigation launched in the city of Kobe.

The investigation, referred to by the NHK broadcaster on Tuesday, revealed that the UK strain was not present among coronavirus cases confirmed in 1-28 January. In the week starting from 29 January, the UK variant was confirmed in 8 out of 173 people who tested positive for COVID-19 and were studied as part of the Kobe probe.

In the week starting from 12 February, the UK coronavirus variant accounted for 15.2% of the COVID-19 cases confirmed in that period (12 out of 79 people).

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