First Imported Cases Of the Emerging SARS-CoV-2 Variant VOC 202012/01 Detected in China

A Chinese student who just came home to Guangzhou last December 4 and a Shanghai resident who arrived last December 14 tested positive for the new COVID-19 variant, VOC 202012/01 after arriving from the UK.

A Chinese studhospitalized came home to Guangzhou last December 4 and a Shanghai resident who arrived last December 14 tested positive for the new COVID-19 variant, VOC 202012/01 after arriving from the UK.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of South China’s Guangdong Province announced that it detected the variant from the 18-year-old male student last December 18.

The student initially tested negative when he was tested upon arrival to China but the result became different while he was in quarantine. 

The student has admitted to the Guangzhou No 8 People’s Hospital but was reported to be experiencing only mild symptoms.

The 23-year-old female from Shanghai arrived last December 14 and was reported to test positive for the new strain last December 30.

The woman was hospitalized on arrival after showing mild symptoms and is still infirm.

The CDC said that they have already conducted contact tracing procedures for both the patients.

Recent research from the UK suggested that the new variant is 40-70 per cent more transmissible compared to the original strain is not more deadly. 

Shanghai-based infectious disease expert Zhang Wenhong reassured the public that it is not a major concern.

“There is nothing special about the case. The patient’s symptoms were so mild that it did not even need my attention,” said Zhang. 


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