Coronavirus variant from Great Britain confirmed in South Korea


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Coronavirus variant from Great Britain confirmed in South Korea

Cases of the coronavirus mutation discovered in Great Britain have now also been detected in South Korea.

A medical worker in protective equipment stands on a coronavirus test site. Photo: Lee Jin-Man / AP / dpa

Keystone/AP/Lee Jin-Man

(sda / dpa)

According to the disease protection agency on Monday, these are three Korean citizens who flew back to South Korea from the UK last week. The new variant of the coronavirus may be significantly more contagious than the previously known form. Most EU states decided last week to temporarily largely restrict travel to and from the UK.

The South Korean government also announced on December 23 that it would stop all air traffic to and from Great Britain until the end of the year. In addition, the authorities obliged travelers from Great Britain to a 14-day quarantine and an additional virus test shortly before the end of the quarantine.

South Korea has gotten through the pandemic relatively successfully so far, but is currently in the middle of a third wave of Covid. On Monday, the authorities registered 808 new infections within the last 24 hours. For the second time in a row, the figure fell below 1,000 infections per day. The government tightened epidemiological measures by January 3rd. Among other things, meetings of more than four people are prohibited in the greater Seoul area.

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