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8 people infected with UK COVID-19 variant in Japan's Hyogo, Saitama prefectures

The Central Government Building No. 5 in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward that houses the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry is seen in this file photo taken on Oct. 14, 2015. (Mainichi/Kimi Takeuchi)

TOKYO -- Eight people in Hyogo and Saitama prefectures have been infected with a novel coronavirus variant found in Britain despite having no recent travel history to the country, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare announced on Feb. 8.

    Five of the infected people are residents of Hyogo Prefecture, in western Japan, between their 10s and 80s. They include a woman in her 80s and three people who were in close contact with her. The health ministry says infections from the variant could have occurred within the city.

    In Saitama Prefecture, north of Tokyo, a girl and boy under the age of 10 and a man in his 40s were infected with the coronavirus variant. The girl's case is connected to a variant cluster found on Feb. 5 at a facility for children under the age of 10.

    (Japanese original by Asako Kuroda, Lifestyle and Medical News Department)

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