New mutation even more contagious than British variant
Two cases of a corona mutation from South Africa have been discovered in Great Britain. The variant will be examined in the laboratory in Porton Down, Health Secretary Matt Hancock told journalists in London. “We are very concerned about this new variant because it is transmitted even faster,” said the British minister. “It seems like it has mutated even further than the new variant discovered in the UK.”
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Infected people in the UK are in quarantine
According to the information, it is the mutation with the designation 501.V2. Last Friday, the South African Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said that 501.V2 was circulating in his country.
The two people infected in the UK and their contacts had gone into isolation, said Hancock. In addition, immediate measures were taken for entry from South Africa, details were not given.
Infection numbers skyrocket in the UK
The number of infections in Great Britain had recently increased significantly. Hancock announced that from this Saturday (December 26th) the corona measures will be tightened significantly in other areas in southern England. Far-reaching exit and travel bans then apply there, as has been the case for a few days in London.
Quelle: dpa / RTL.de