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Watch live: World Health Organization holds press briefing as countries face Covid mutations

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World Well being Group officers are holding a press convention on Monday on the coronavirus pandemic as extra nations report instances with contagious new mutations of the virus.

Japan’s Nationwide Institute of Infectious Illnesses on Sunday mentioned it discovered a brand new variant of the coronavirus in 4 passengers arriving from Brazil. The institute mentioned the brand new pressure seems to have a number of the similar qualities, like elevated infectivity, as different variations found in the UK and South Africa.

In the meantime, the US has discovered not less than 63 Covid-19 instances with the brand new, extra contagious pressure of the virus first recognized within the U.Okay., generally known as B.1.1.7, the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention mentioned Friday. The variant does not seem to make sufferers extra sick or enhance their danger of demise, well being officers have mentioned.

The coronavirus has contaminated greater than 90.four million individuals throughout the globe and has killed not less than 1.9 million individuals, in accordance with information compiled by Johns Hopkins College.

—AnotherBillionaire Information’s Sam Meredith contributed to this report.

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