A New Rapidly Spreading COVID-19 Variant Has Been Discovered in the UK

UK Officials announced Monday that a potentially faster spreading strain of the coronavirus has been discovered in south Wales.

A New Rapidly Spreading COVID-19 Variant Has Been Discovered in the UK

UK Officials announced Monday that a potentially faster spreading strain of the coronavirus has been discovered in south Wales.

British Health Secretary Matt Hancock described the newly discovered variant as “growing faster” than existing variants. He added that there is “nothing to suggest” that it is resistant to the currently developed Covid-19 vaccines, BBC News reported.

In the House of Commons on Monday, Hancock said that over the last week, there had been sharp, exponential rises in coronavirus infections while “Initial analysis suggests that this variant is growing faster than the existing variants.”

According to Hancock, at least 60 separate local authorities had recorded Covid-19 infections caused by the new variant, and UK scientists are in the process of conducting detailed studies into the matter.

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 local authority areas,” Hancock told British lawmakers.

It is natural for a virus to mutate over time, and we have seen a range of mutations in Wales,” the Welsh government said in a statement. “Viruses are living beings that change and adapt, and we know that since the original Wuhan virus there [have] actually been 25 mutations.

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