UK coronavirus variant detected in 41 territories: WHO

People queue outside a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing centre in Liverpool, Britain. — Reuters
People queue outside a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing centre in Liverpool, Britain. — Reuters

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By ANI

Published: Wed 6 Jan 2021, 7:06 AM

The ‘UK’ coronavirus variant had been detected in 41 countries/territories, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said in a statement.

“As of January 5, 2021, the VOC-202012/01 variant initially detected in the United Kingdom has been detected in a small number of cases in 40 other countries/territories/areas in five of the six WHO regions, and the 501Y.V2 variant initially detected in South Africa in six other countries/territories/areas,” the WHO said.

On December 14, 2020, the UK announced that a new coronavirus strain had been detected in the country, with the new variant being 70 per cent more transmissible.

After the news emerged, many countries suspended travel to and from the UK.

Meanwhile, Omani medical workers have identified first case of a new strain of coronavirus in a foreigner permanently residing in the Sultanate who has arrived from the UK, the Omani Ministry of Health said in a statement.


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