By Sarah Keane •
Published: 14 Dec 2020 • 17:22
UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock has that confirmed a new strain of Covid-19 has been identified in the south of the country
Matt Hancock has delivered the very unwelcome news that a “new variant” of coronavirus has been discovered which is transmitted much faster than the original virus. Mr Hancock revealed that the new mutation has been identified in sixty local authority areas with over 1,000 positive cases confirmed so far in total.
As reported by UK press, Mr Hancock said: “Over the last few days, thanks to our world-class genomic capability in the UK, we have identified a new variant of coronavirus which may be associated with the faster spread in the South of England.
“Initial analysis suggests that this variant is growing faster than the existing variants.
“We’ve currently identified over 1,000 cases with this variant predominantly in the South of England although cases have been identified in nearly 60 different local authority areas.
“And numbers are increasing rapidly.”
The Health Secretary insisted that Public Health England is closely monitoring the situation and that the World Health Organisation has been notified.
Mr Hancock added: “I must stress at this point that there is currently nothing to suggest that this variant is more likely to cause serious disease and the latest clinical advice is that it’s highly unlikely that this mutation would fail to respond to a vaccine, but it shows we’ve got to be vigilant and follow the rules and everyone needs to take personal responsibility not to spread this virus.”
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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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