Tokyo confirms first 6 cases of COVID Omicron subvariant XBB

TOKYO, Oct 29 (NHK) - The Tokyo Metropolitan government has announced the capital's first cases of the new coronavirus Omicron subvariant XBB.

On Thursday, experts tasked with assessing the coronavirus situation in Tokyo confirmed six infections of XBB in the prefecture.

They said as of October 17, seven cases had been detected at quarantine stations.

XBB is a mixture of different types of Omicron variants circulating in various parts of the world. It is rapidly spreading in Singapore. The percentage of the country's coronavirus patients infected by XBB jumped from 17.3 in mid-September to 60.7 this month.

It is not yet known how severe XBB symptoms are compared to other forms of coronavirus. ...continue reading

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