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World Health Organization officials hold a press conference on the coronavirus pandemic on Monday as more countries report cases of contagious new mutations of the virus.
The Japanese National Institute of Infectious Diseases found a new variant of the coronavirus in four passengers from Brazil on Sunday. The institute said the new strain appears to have some of the same properties, such as increased infectivity, as other variations discovered in the UK and South Africa.
The United States has now found at least 63 Covid-19 cases with the new, contagious strain of the virus, first identified in the UK and known as B.1.1.7, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday. The variant doesn’t appear to make patients sick or increase their risk of death, health officials have said.
The coronavirus has infected more than 90.4 million people worldwide and killed at least 1.9 million people, according to Johns Hopkins University.
– CNBC’s Sam Meredith contributed to this report.
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