There have been 345 cases of the mutated virus in Japan, more than 50 in Osaka alone

A total of 271 cases of the novel coronavirus virus, which is popular in Britain and other places, have been confirmed in 21 prefectures and prefectures in Japan as of Wednesday, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare said Wednesday.The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare announced Friday that 194 cases of mutant novel coronavirus have been confirmed in 20 prefectures in Japan, indicating that the spread of the mutant virus is gradually emerging.Adding to the 74 confirmed cases of the mutated virus detected at airports around the country, the total number of related cases in Japan is 345.As for the number of confirmed cases of the mutated virus, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has been conducting DNA tests based on samples submitted by local governments to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases and publicizing the results.After March 8, local governments in Japan will first release the number of suspected cases that have tested positive based on PCR results.The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare will then publish the results of the DNA tests every Wednesday.The current number of confirmed cases compared with the 5th day, 50 new cases in Osaka, 10 new cases in Kyoto and 7 new cases in Hiroshima.In addition, of the 271 confirmed cases of the mutant virus in Japan, 260 have been with the British strain, eight with the South African strain and three with the Brazilian strain.The mutated virus is known to be more contagious, and if it spreads widely it could cause a sharp increase in the strain on hospital beds.”There is no doubt that the mutated virus has begun to replace the old one,” Shigeru Omi, chairman of the government’s anti-epidemic agency, told the lower house health and Labour committee on Monday.Be prepared for the mutated virus to become mainstream sooner or later.”Japan’s Infectious Diseases Research Center also said on the same day: “Depending on the spread of the epidemic, we should consider taking stronger prevention measures, such as control of the outside of the epidemic.”

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