By Sarah Keane • 09 November 2020 • 13:12
All UK hospitals have been told to take ‘immediate action’ as the coronavirus mutation spreads to humans.
In a letter to health chiefs, co-signed by the NHS medical director, all UK hospitals have been put on high alert for any coronavirus patients who recently travelled to Denmark. Jonathan Van Tam, the deputy chief medical officer, has told hospital staff throughout the UK to take “immediate action” by isolating suspected “mink virus” patients in specialised units.
Mink-related mutations of coronavirus have been detected in over 200 people in Denmark so far, and The World Health Organisation has confirmed that the US, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden have reported Covid cases in minks.
The Covid mutation is made all the more serious as some scientists believe this new strain may be resistant to vaccines.
Soumya Swaminathan, the WHO’s chief scientist, said: “We need to wait and see what the implications are but I don’t think we should come to any conclusions about whether this particular mutation is going to impact vaccine efficacy.”
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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