A second variant of a ‘more transmissible’ coronavirus, discovered in South Africa has been detected in the UK on Wednesday.
British Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced travel restrictions with South Africa. Also, anyone who had travelled there in the last two weeks has been asked to quarantine immediately.
According to a BBC report, the new variant was detected in two cases in the UK, one in London, and another in northwest England. Both are contacts of people who have travelled to South Africa, where the new variant has been found.
South Africa’s health department said last week that a new genetic mutation of COVID-19 had been discovered. The variant might be responsible for a recent surge in cases.
Earlier this week, UK had announced a new variant of coronavirus, which is 70% more transmissible than the previous strain.
To curb the spread of the two new variants, the UK government is imposing stringent measures.
Along with the 16 million people already under Tier 4 restricts, another six million people in the east and south-east of England are to enter tier four.
Under Tier 4 restrictions, non-essential shops, gyms, hairdressers and indoor entertainment venues must close. Also, people in these areas cannot meet other people indoors, unless they live with them or they are part of their support bubble, even on festive days.
The British health minister warned that Christmas and New Year 2021 is going to be tough.
According to government figures, in an all-time high, 39,237 people in the UK tested positive for virus on Wednesday and 744 deaths were recorded.
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