Japan detects new coronavirus variant from traveler coming from PH

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 13) – A 60-year-old man who arrived in Japan from the Philippines last February was found to have contracted a new coronavirus variant, Japanese health authorities announced on Friday.

The Japan Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare said the coronavirus variant detected on the man is "distinct" from those discovered in Brazil, South Africa, and United Kingdom.

"The strain has begun to be detected in the Philippines and has spread to some extent here," the health ministry said in its findings.

Japanese health authorities said the 60-year-old man arrived in Japan, via Narita Airport near Tokyo, last Feb. 25 and was asymptomatic. The man, whose nationality is not named, tested positive of COVID-19 after undergoing quarantine at the said airport.

The Philippines' Department of Health has yet to give a comment on the matter.