New Delta variant mutation confirmed in Japan
Published: Wed, 01 Sep 2021 12:48:12 +0000

Genetic analysis revealed the N501S mutation, the team said, adding that only eight cases of the mutation have been reported outside Japan.

Japan expands virus emergency, weighs legal penalties
Published: Tue, 17 Aug 2021 18:40:19 +0000

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga officially expanded and extended the nation's coronavirus state of emergency on Tuesday, as government advisers recommended legal changes that would allow penalties for violations.

Scientists identify natural SARS-CoV-2 super immunity against 23 variants
Published: Mon, 05 Jul 2021 10:00:28 +0000

A team of international scientists has recently identified ultrapotent anti-severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) antibodies from convalescent donors. The antibodies are capable of neutralizing a wide range of SARS-CoV-2 variants even at sub-nanomolar concentrations. In addition, the combinations of these antibodies reduce the risk of generating escape mutants in vitro. The study is published in the journal Science.

Experts: Infections in Tokyo could rise rapidly
Published: Tue, 29 Jun 2021 13:36:27 +0000

A panel of experts advising the Tokyo Metropolitan Government has voiced concern about a possible resurgence of coronavirus cases in the capital, saying the situation could worsen quickly. The experts and metropolitan officials met on Tuesday to analyze the current infection situation and discuss what steps to take. Tokyo shifted to focused coronavirus restrictions on June 21 when a state of emergency ended.

Nishimura: New Tokyo state of emergency likely amid virus surge
Published: Mon, 28 Jun 2021 08:13:53 +0000

The government will declare another COVID-19 state of emergency for areas now under pre-emergency measures if needed, the state minister of economic revitalization indicated on June 27 amid a resurgence in infections in Tokyo. "The number of new infections in the capital and other areas in the greater Tokyo metropolitan area is clearly trending upward,” Yasutoshi Nishimura, who is also in charge of the government’s novel coronavirus measures, said during a program aired by Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK) that day.