For the first time in the United Kingdom, the coronavirus virus has now been identified in Canada and Japan after cropping cases in some European colonies.
Health officials in Canada said a couple in Ontario were found infected with a coronovirus variant, however, they had no travel history or high-risk contacts.
The couple have been kept in isolation and the provincial government said in a news release that there is no evidence to suggest that health Canada-approved vaccines would be any less effective against the new version.
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Japan, meanwhile, is banning the entry of all non-foreign nationals as a precaution against the new version. The Foreign Ministry says that the entry ban will start from Monday and will run till 31 January.
Last week, the nation banned non-foreigners from Britain and South Africa after confirming the new version at seven people in the last two days – five from Britain tested positive at airports in Tokyo and two others.
Japan is suspending a 14-day quarantine exemption for Japanese nationals and foreign nationals in a short-track program beginning in November. Entrants must now proof a negative test 72 hours before they leave for Japan and disassociate themselves two weeks after arrival.
Several European countries, including Spain, Switzerland, Sweden and France, recently reported infections involving people from Britain.
In Spain, four cases were confirmed in Madrid. Any patients, all of whom had traveled from the UK, were seriously ill.
Switzerland, which has kept its ski slopes open for tourism during the winter holidays, identified three cases – two of which are British nationals, one of the thousands of UK tourists arriving in the past few weeks.
In Sweden, a traveler who returned from the UK is self-segregating after discovering new stress.
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The version named VUI-202012/01 has been touted by experts as it is believed to be up to 70% more communicable. Variant news triggered travel restrictions around the world, including the US.
Scientists are investigating whether there is a new strain behind the spike in new coronovirus cases in California. On Christmas Eve, the state passed more than 2 million COVID-19 cases since the epidemic began.
“It happened disastrously quickly. I said that everyone had this acceleration beyond any model and any expectation, so people say ‘what broke?” And I think it was partly the tension out there, “Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.
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Starting on Monday, all airline passengers from the US to the US will be required to test negative for coronavirus within 72 hours of their departure.
The new rule will apply to Americans as well as foreign nationals and requires passengers to show evidence of a negative result on a genetic test, known as a PCR or antigen test.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement, “This additional testing requirement will strengthen our safety to improve our health and safety to the American public and ensure responsible international travel.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.