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A new COVID-19 strain has been diagnosed in the UK. Several countries including India have suspended all the flights from UK with effect from December 21, 2020. While there were talks about the launch of the COVID-19 vaccine and health insurance covering COVID-19 treatment, and things seemed to be settling, the new virus strain raises a new cause of concern globally.
The concern is how contagious is the new virus strain and what has led to its mutation? Will it impact the launch of the vaccination?
The new COVID variant was reported in Britain and is the main reason behind a rapid surge in Coronavirus cases in East and South England. The new strain is referred to as B.1.1.7 lineage or VUI (Variant under Investigation) 202012/01.
UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said in a statement that over the last few days they have identified a new variant of the coronavirus that has been associated with the faster spread of the diseases in the South of England. UK authorities have also notified the World Health Organization (WHO) about the variant.
Coronavirus cases surged by 50% in London over the past week. Almost 60% of the new infections were attributed to the new COVID strain:
After the UK government warned of a new, fast-spreading COVID strain and stated it as out of control. Several nations have put fresh travel restrictions from the UK bound flights. Following countries have announced the ban so far:
For now, the World Health Organization is in close contact with UK officials over the new and highly contagious COVID virus variant.
Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said in a statement that no need to panic due to the New COVID strain as the Indian Government is highly alert.
Our scientists are closely monitoring each development of the new COVID strain that surfaced in the United Kingdom. The health minister said the government had taken all the important measures to handle the Covid-19 situation so far.
The minister assured that people don’t need to panic over something that is imaginary. The situation is not much to create a panic in India, especially when our scientists are closely monitoring the situation and keeping a tab on each development.