Tuesday, December 22, 2020

WHO: new variant of virus discovered in South Africa, UK

 The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Monday confirmed that new variants of the COVID-19 virus have been discovered in South Africa and United Kingdom.

The Nation

Stating that the virus seems to be mutating over time, the WHO added that it is more likely to cause severe disease or death.

Its Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, made this known yesterday during a media briefing.

The latest development has left the UK shut off from much of Europe after its closest allies cut transport ties due to fears about a new strain of the Coronavirus.

France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Austria are among countries to freeze travel links with the UK due to fears over new coronavirus strain. Other countries that have taken drastic action include Canada, Colombia, Iran, Israel and Saudi Arabia.

The UK announced a surprise lockdown last week in London and parts of the country amid a surge in infections after the discovery of the new strain of the Sars-CoV-2 virus.

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