The World Well being Group is in “shut contact” with UK officers as a brand new variant of coronavirus is rising.
The WHO stated in a tweet that the UK was sharing data from ongoing research into the mutation and that the WHO would replace member states and the general public “as we study extra concerning the traits of this virus variant [and] any implications”.
We’re in shut contact with UK 🇬🇧 officers on the brand new #COVID19 virus variant. They’ll proceed to share data & outcomes of their evaluation & ongoing research. We’ll replace Member States & public as we study extra concerning the traits of this virus variant & any implications.
— World Well being Group (WHO) (@WHO) December 19, 2020
Though there’s “appreciable uncertainty”, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated the brand new variant could also be as much as 70% extra transmissible than the outdated one.
However, officers stated that there is no such thing as a present proof to recommend the brand new variant causes the next mortality fee or that it’s affected any otherwise by vaccines and coverings.
“I feel it is a state of affairs which goes to make issues quite a bit worse, however there are some actually optimistic issues for those who look as soon as we get the vaccine out, assuming the vaccine works in opposition to this, which in the meanwhile is the working assumption,” stated England’s chief medical officer, Prof Chris Whitty.
The brand new variant is spreading extra quickly than the earlier one. Nevertheless, it isn’t believed to be extra lethal.
Bigger components of South-east England, together with London, are imposing stricter ranges of restrictions to restrict the unfold of the virus.