The Delta variant “self-destructed” in Japan. How is this possible?

Japanese scientists say the highly infectious Delta variant of the coronavirus, which accounts for most of the current infections in Europe, has been ‘annihilated’. According to the researchers, this variant was ‘naturally extinct’, resulting in a sharp decline in SARS-CoV-2 infections.

There are many indications that Japan is free from the dangerous Delta variant, which contributed to the development of the fourth wave of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus pandemic in Europe.

The Delta variant is more than twice as contagious as its predecessors and can make the disease more severe in unvaccinated people.

At the height of its fifth wave, Japan had an estimated 26,000. coronavirus cases daily. However, as early as November, the country reported an amazing recovery, with fewer than 200 cases of infections in recent weeks. In the largest city in the world, Tokyo, with 40 million people, only 6 new cases of coronavirus infections were recorded on Monday, November 22.

Japanese scientists have presented a ‘potentially revolutionary’ theory that could explain the sudden sharp decline in Delta variant cases in this country of 125 million.

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New research from Japan’s National Institute of Genetics suggests the Delta variant of the coronavirus has led itself to “natural extinction” in Japan.

This happened after a few mutations that made him unable to make a copy of his own.

The Delta variant accumulated too many mutations in a coronavirus error-correcting protein called nsp14, according to a ‘potentially revolutionary’ theory put forward by Professor Ituro Inoue, a genetics expert at the National Institute of Genetics.

Prof. Inoue believes that the virus tried to fix the bugs in time and ultimately caused “self-annihilation”.

Some experts say Delta’s ‘self-destruction’ was influenced by COVID-19 vaccination. Experts attribute the decrease in infection rates in Japan to 76.2 percent of vaccination. population and strict adherence to the rules of wearing masks. However, prof. Inoue said the number of further infections would have increased if the Delta variant were still “alive and healthy”.

“If the virus were alive and well, the number of cases would surely increase, because wearing masks and vaccinating in some cases will not prevent breakthrough infections,” he said.

Prof. Inoue, however, warns Japan is not immune to further potential coronavirus variants.

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