The recently discovered variant of SARS-CoV-2 is 70% more contagious than its predecessors and has enforced a tougher lockdown in London and the south of the UK.
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This week the government of United Kingdom alerted them World Health Organization (WHO) about discovering a new strain of coronavirus. This seems to speed that up COVID-19 extension in England as it is near 60% of the cases were discovered in London in recent weeks.
The newly recognized variant is called “VUI 202012/01”, a name derived from “Variant Under Investigation” that includes several mutations. According to the first reviews, the contagion is higher.
Yesterday saturday who confirmed with a message in Twitter found in “Close contact” with the health authorities of UNITED KINGDOM. The Agency announced that it will keep Member States and the public informed “When we learn more about the properties of this variant of the virus and its possible effects”.
In the meantime, we continue to advise people to take all protective measures to prevent the spread of the # COVID-19 Virus and follow the guidelines of the national authorities. https://t.co/CTdAEJ8Pqn
– World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) 19th December 2020
He British Health Secretary Matt Hancocksaid in an interview with the British network Sky News that the situation is “Very seriously”and that the discovered variant of the coronavirus is circulating “out of control”. So the government had to act “Quick and Determined”in relation to the imprisonment in large parts of the country.
London and South East UK You woke up on the call this Sunday Level 4. This means effectively closing the affected areas, forcing residents to stay in their homes with limited exceptions, closing recreational facilities and non-essential services, and imposing work from home except in unattractive circumstances, the Prime Minister said.
“Everyone, especially those who live in certain Level 4 regions, should act like they have the virus. This is the only way to regain control “added the minister.
The new variety it’s not more serious, but it spreads faster
“It’s a deadly disease and we need to control it, which is more difficult with this new variant.”Claimed Hancock. “It will be very difficult to keep it under control until we distribute the vaccine (…) We will have to deal with it in the next two months.”.
He British Prime Minister Boris Johnsonsaid the new strain of the virus is on 70% more contagious than its predecessor. This variant would be the cause of the rapid spread of the outbreak in London and southern England.
“There is no evidence that it is more deadly or causes any more serious illness.” The UK authorities found that this made vaccines less effective.
WHO confirmed that cases had already been discovered outside of UK territory: nine in Denmark, one in Holland, one in Italy and another in Australia. The same body recommended its members “Increase yours [capacidades de] Sequencing “ of the virus, said a spokeswoman for that WHO Europe.
There will be one tomorrow Monday Emergency meeting convened by the presidency of European Unionto find a common strategy for dealing with the new variant of the coronavirus.
“The Presidency has invited the EU member states to an urgent meeting of the IPCR (Integrated Political Response to the Crisis) crisis mechanism tomorrow morning at 11:00.”The German spokesman Sebastian Fischer wrote on Twitter. The RPIC is responsible for monitoring the COVID-19 crisis and organizing a coordinated response in the European Union.
The German @ EUCouncil Presidency has invited #EU Member States for an urgent meeting of the #IPCR Crisis mechanism tomorrow morning at 11 a.m.
On the agenda: EU coordination to respond to the newly identified # COVID-19 Variant in the #UNITED KINGDOM
Mexico has not made a decision on this matter or has restricted entry from flights UNITED KINGDOM. The federal government is expected to adopt its position after knowing the resolutions of the European Union.