U.K. Health Secretary Hancock announced on Monday that a new variant of COVID-19 has been identified in England which might be responsible for the rapid spread of infections in the southeast region of the British country.
U.K. Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced on Monday that a new variant of COVID-19 has been identified in England which might be responsible for the rapid spread of infections in the southeast region of the British country.
According to Hancock, health authorities were able to identify over 1,000 COVID-19 cases with the new variant during the past few days in England, predominantly in the southeast part of the country, although cases were also recorded in about 60 various local areas.
“Initial analysis suggests that this variant is growing faster than the existing variants,” Hancock told the parliament on Monday.
“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,” he added.
Hancock urged the people to be more careful while interacting with one another as they continue to witness very steep exponential rise in coronavirus cases across London, Kent, Essex and Hertfordshire.
“We do not know the extent to which this is because of the new variant but no matter its cause we have to take swift and decisive action which unfortunately is absolutely essential to control this deadly disease while the vaccine is rolled out,” he added.
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