In the UK, a new type of coronavirus was identified and associated with the rapid spread of the disease in the south-east of England, Interfax reports.
“We have identified a new species of coronavirus. This may explain the rapid spread in the southeast of England … We have now identified over a thousand cases of this species, mainly in the south of England,” Hancock told The Guardian, adding that London has notified WHO on the discovery of a new type of coronavirus.
Scientists, according to the minister, have identified more than a thousand cases concerning the new species. It is spreading faster than the existing strain of coronavirus and is believed to be contributing to "very sharp, exponential rises."
Matt Hancock also said that there is currently no evidence that the new species will not respond to the COVID-19 vaccine.
"At this stage, I must emphasize that there is currently no indication that this species is likely to cause serious illness. And the final clinical advice is that it is unlikely that this mutation will not respond to the vaccine," he said. is he.
Since the beginning of the pandemic in the UK, more than 1.8 million people have become infected with the coronavirus, over 64 thousand have died.
The country has recently tightened its measures to combat the pandemic. So, in the British capital and a number of areas in the southeast of the country, bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants will be closed from Wednesday. They will be able to work only to take out or deliver food to their homes.