WHO says it was notified of new COVID-19 variant found in Japan

Coronavirus disease pandemic in Tokyo

GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization said on Monday it had been notified by Japan of a new variant of the coronavirus discovered there.

Japan's health ministry said on Sunday it had detected a new coronavirus variant in four travellers from Brazil's Amazonas state. The variant featured 12 mutations, including one also found in highly infections variants discovered in England and South Africa.

(Reporting by Emma Farge, Stefanie Nebehay, John Miller; Writing by Peter Graff; Editing by Alison Williams)