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Germany reports new COVID-19 variant, different from variants stemming from UK, S. Africa, Brazil Updated: 2021-01-19 13:37:28 KST

Another COVID-19 variant has been reported, this time in Germany.
According to local media, it was identified Monday at a hospital in the Bavarian town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
An official at the hospital said the variant's genome is still being sequenced, and so it's not been established whether the new variant has any clinical relevance.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is due to speak with the leaders of Germany's states on Tuesday about extending the country's lockdown into February.
Currently, it's scheduled to expire at the of this month.
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