‘NEW variant’ of Covid has assisted rapid spread across UK, says Hancock – WHO notified
Matt Hancock reveals discovery of new coronavirus variant
Matt Hancock has told the House of Commons: “Over the last few days, thanks to our world-class genomic capability in the UK, we have identified a new variant of coronavirus which may be associated with the faster spread in the southeast of England.
“Initial analysis suggests that this variant is growing faster than the existing variant.
“We’ve currently identified over 1000 cases with this variant, predominantly in the south of England.
“Although cases have been identified in nearly 60 different local authority areas.”
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