New fast-spreading type of coronavirus found in United Kingdom

New fast-spreading type of coronavirus found in United Kingdom

- The new coronavirus variant was detected in 1,000 people from 60 localities across the United Kingdom

- Scientists attributed the recent exponential rise in coronavirus infections to the fast-spreading new COVID-19 type

- The UK had recorded 1.8 million positive cases with 64, 000 deaths from COVID-19 related complications as at December 15

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At least 1,000 people have been confirmed to have contracted a new type of coronavirus in the UK.

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Coronavirus as viewed by a microscope. UK's scientists discovered a new virus type. Photo: CDC Africa.
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The Health Secretary Matt Hancock told MPs in the House of Commons that by Monday, December 14, 60 local authority areas had reported cases of the new variant.

"We've currently identified over 1,000 cases with this variant predominantly in the South of England although cases have been identified in nearly 60 different areas," Matt told BBC News.

Scientists attributed the recent exponential rise in coronavirus infections to the new type which they said was fast-moving compared to the known variant.

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The last couple of days, there had been high infection rate in certain localities such as London, Essex and Hertfordshire.

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Scientist studying coronavirus inside the laboratory. UK health departments announced new strand of COVID-19. Photo: Getty Images.
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Matt assured the legislators of the government commitment to take decisive action which will be essential to combat the virus as a vaccine was being rolled out.

As at December 15, the UK had recorded 1.8 million positive cases with 64, 000 deaths from COVID-19 related complications.

Over the same period, there were another 2.1 million patients who recovered from the global infection.

Elsewhere, the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned more people in Africa could get the disease during the Christmas festivities.

The WHO regional director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, said more people were likely to be infected or spread the disease in December 2020 as they travel to upcountry regions.

“As we near the time of year when people get on the move to spend their holidays together, there is a bigger risk of COVID-19 transmission," she stated.
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Moeti observed people were likely to travel to the upcountry and mingle freely with others who may not have been sick.

She, however, reminded the public to religiously wear facemasks and observe social distancing or simply avoid unnecessary travels where possible.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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