UK finds ‘more transmissible’ vir s variant linked to South Africa
LONDON: A new, pentially more infectious variant of the novel coronavir s that causes Covid-19 has been found in Britain in cases linked to South Africa, British health secretary Matt Hancock said on Wednesday.
South Africa’s health department said last week that a new genetic mutation of the vir s had been discovered and might be responsible for a recent surge in infections there. “We’ve detected two cases of another new variant of coronavir s here in the UK. Both are contacts of cases who have travelled from South Africa over the past few weeks,” Hancock told a media briefing.
Britain is already trying to curb the spread of a mutated strain of the vir s which is up to 70% more transmissible, and further studies aerie being carried out on the new variant.
“This new variant is highly concerning, because it is yet more transmissible, and it appears to have mutated further than the new variant discovered in the UK,” Hancock said. Close contacts of those with the new variant and all those who have been in South Africa in the last fortnight, or were in close contact with someone who had, must quarantine, he said. Immediate curbs were being imposed on travel from South Africa.
Hancock also said that from December 26, many more parts of southern England would be also be added to the highest level of social restrictions, joining the 16 million already in Tier 4, while other areas currently in lower tiers would also face tighter curbs.
He said the move was required to control the spread of UK vir s variant that is pushing the number of cases to a record level. Britain on Wednesday reported almost 40,000 new cases and 744 deaths — the highest figures since April.
The only way to stop this Pandemic is by Banning all international flights all over the world for atleast 3-4 months or till this vir s gets over. Otherwise this passengers will again import this new vir s to all over the world and it will continue like that. People's movement has to be restricted to reduce the spread. India has banned flights from UK . What about South Africa?
People are seeing this as economic crisis. Why wass lock down lifted in first place? So that economy could run. But the running is in wrong direction. Oil rich countries will be in soup in case of lock downs.
For common man its a choice between livelihood & life.
For the first time in history, has made a strong and durable product.....
In this case we can think how many variant's of vir s has been already in india,
The only sensible thing is to maintain social distancing, improve our immunity and use our brains and not emotions
Only fittest will survive. Just do excersice and eat healthy food and boost your immunity.
Pappus Aas Washer
Pappu will say he had warned Modiji 2 year before about this mutation and Modiji did not take it seriously.
do a complete world lockdown for a month. vir s will automatically die.
Thid pandemic can never be stopped. It will become one more type of flue vir s which humanity has to live ..thanks to for their eating habits.
Go Vegan and save the world
I think we need to lit up diya again to contain this new vir s. Modiji please announce it on TV.
Again nonsense being spread by mafia Pharma companies along with shameless po iticians.
Do not impose lockdown again...Let the fittest survive....if it's our fate to die,so be it !!!..
Is anybody getting a feeling this is a conspiracy to push the sales of vaccines, since recently cases have come down in most of the countries and the hype and fear around Coronavir s had declined. But with this "new" threat people would rush for the vaccines.
When on this earth does countries will realise that this is a man made vir s
Dear Gt of India, hope you are aware of this & ban all flights from all over the world ... Help us to stay safe please !!
A very scary situation we are faced with now,