Kobe City announced that a new mutant virus called "BA.5" has been confirmed in one of the strains of the Omicron strain of the new coronavirus.

According to Kobe City, it has been confirmed in Tokyo, Shimane and Saga prefectures in Japan, and it is the first time that it has been confirmed in Hyogo prefecture.

According to the city of Kobe, on the 11th of this month, a woman in her 80s in the city visited a medical institution for coughing and underwent a PCR test, and it was confirmed that she was infected with the new coronavirus.



The woman has mild symptoms, is being treated at home, has not traveled abroad within two weeks before the onset, and has no close contacts.



After that, when Kobe City conducted a genome analysis, it was confirmed on the 16th that it was a new mutant virus called "BA.5", which is one of the strains of the Omicron strain.



"BA.5" is a virus that is being replaced in South Africa, and while the risk of its aggravation remains unchanged, it may be highly infectious.



According to Kobe City, it has been confirmed in Tokyo, Shimane and Saga prefectures in Japan, and it is the first time that it has been confirmed in Hyogo prefecture.



Kobe City says, "Even if it is a mutant virus, the basic infection prevention measures such as wearing a mask will not change depending on the situation, so I would like you to continue to thoroughly implement it."

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