The virus has raised concerns among the British authorities due to the increased infectiousness
Another new and potentially more contagious variant of the coronavirus previously identified in South Africa has been discovered in the UK, the British government confirms.
“Thanks to the impressive potential of South Africa in decoding the genome, we have identified two cases of another new variant of the coronavirus here in the United Kingdom,” UK Health Minister Matt Hancock told reporters..
“This new variant is a serious concern because it is more contagious and appears to have mutated further than the variant found in the United Kingdom,” he said..
Last week South Africa announced the identification of a new genetic mutation in the virus. After that, some countries of the world began to close borders for residents of South Africa..
While much is still unknown about the new strain, the virus is believed to have mutated back in September..
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