UpdateBritish Health Minister Matt Hancock has reported that two new variants of Coronavirus have been diagnosed in the United Kingdom. These are people who recently traveled to South Africa and found themselves infected upon their return to the UK. This new variant has also been shown to be more contagious than the original virus.
Last week, it was already announced that – just like in the UK – a different type of coronavirus was also spreading in South Africa. The two new cases in the UK will be another variant. This afternoon, Hancock said, “We detected again two cases of a new variant here in the UK.” “This new variant is very worrying, because it appears to be more mutated than the first variable that was discovered in our country and can be transferred more quickly.”
According to Hancock, South Africa has been very helpful in sharing information about the formation of coronavirus variants in that country, so new cases can be recognized quickly. They are detected in a routine, depending on local, virus samples where virus samples are analyzed selectively. Since one case was found in London and one in the northwest, and because there are many daily flights from Cape Town and Johannesburg to England, it is possible that this type of Coronavirus has now also become more prevalent.
Susan Hopkins of the government’s Public Health Agency also reported that the new variant is “very different from common in South Africa” and “highly contagious”. She argues that there is no indication that vaccines that have already been developed will not help in facing the new variants. “There is strong evidence that they will work.”
Hancock reported that the two infected people have been quarantined. This also applies to people they have been in contact with. The British minister stated that there would be immediate restrictions on traffic from South Africa. Later in the evening, it was announced that the country would shut down all air traffic with South Africa from 9.00 a.m. Thursday. Anyone who has visited this country in the past two weeks should also be placed in quarantine.
The British first discovered a new type of virus in the kingdom last week. The variant is said to be up to 70 percent more contagious than the “ normal ” coronavirus. The news sparked a chain reaction from different countries. Similar to the Netherlands, many countries have closed their borders to the movement of travelers from the United Kingdom. The infectious variant has now also appeared elsewhere. Yesterday most of the borders were opened again in one form or another, it is necessary to take a negative Corona test to continue traveling.
It has just been announced that the type of corona virus circulating in the United Kingdom has just been found in Israel. A spokesman for the Ministry of Health reported this, according to the Reuters news agency.
Great Britain shut down as well
Hancock also announced during his press conference this afternoon that, starting from Boxing Day, more parts of Britain will be engaged in the fight against Corona virus and its variants. Measures have been increased mainly in parts of England where less restrictive restrictions have been imposed thus far. Until recently, the boom occurred mainly in the capital, London and surrounding areas.
The number of coronavirus infections in the UK continued to rise again today. There were 39,237 new infections and 744 deaths reported in Corona during the past 24 hours. The day before, there was a new record with 36,804 new infections and 691 deaths. These numbers were also higher than in previous days.
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