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Japan's 1st suspected domestic case of C.36 coronavirus variant found in Tokyo

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government headquarters. (Mainichi/Makoto Ogawa)

TOKYO -- Japan's first suspected domestic case of the C.36 coronavirus variant, which had previously not been confirmed outside of airport quarantine, has been detected in a sample in Tokyo, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government's monitoring meeting heard on June 4.

    According to the metropolitan government, the C.36 variant has been confirmed in 34 countries including the U.K. and the United States, but its actual characteristics are not yet understood. The metropolitan government is working with the Japanese government to analyze it.

    In mid-May, a man in his 50s returned to Japan from north Africa. He underwent tests, and was found to have been infected with the L452R mutation of the coronavirus first confirmed in India. It was also revealed his samples showed characteristics of the C.36 variant.

    (Japanese original by Hitomi Saikawa, Tokyo City News Department)

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