First Case of UK Covid Variant Detected In Spain’s Catalonia

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FIRST case of the mutant UK Covid variant has been detected in Spain’s Catalonia

The Catalan Health Minister, Alba Verges, has confirmed in an interview with RAC-1 that the first case of the mutant Covid variant, SARS-CoV-2 initially discovered in the UK has been detected in Catalonia. According to the minister, the individual tested positive for the new strain shortly after returning from a trip to the United Kingdom.

“It was only a matter of time,” Verges said, adding that it is “likely” there are more cases of the variant in Catalonia.

The news comes as the region begins to enforce tough new restrictions on Thursday, January 7. Movement between municipalities will be prohibited from Thursday and only shops under 400 metres square will be allowed to open – all shopping centres will be closed and non-essential trade can only be carried out Monday to Friday.


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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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