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Japan: New BA.1/BA.2 recombinant discovered

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Japanese researchers have detected a new type of the Omicron variant which is a recombination of the BA.1 and more contagious BA.2 strains of the Omicron.

The newly-found sub-variant of the Omicron is different from Omicron’s XE strain which is also a mixture of the BA.1 and BA.2. The XE was first found overseas. In Japan, the XE strain was detected at Narita Airport quarantine last month.

The new sub-variant confirmed by the National Institute of Infectious Diseases is the first discovery inside and outside Japan.

NHK Japan report

 

In other news, Japan’s Covid hospitalization rate has reached something of a plateau

 

And the Covid-19 death rate is seeing an increase:

 

China: 16 cases of Omicron BA.2.3 reported in Yantai, Shandong

 

 

 

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