A new variant of coronavirus has been detected in south-east England, Later it was found in many areas. The changes or mutations involve the spike protein of the virus, the part that helps it infect cells. The Covid vaccines are also designed around. “Huge efforts are ongoing at characterising the variant and understanding its emergence. It is important to keep a calm and rational perspective on the strain as this is normal virus evolution and we expect new variants to come and go and emerge over time,” Prof Alan McNally, an expert at the University of Birmingham, told media. The new variant of coronavirus “may be associated” with the faster spread in the south-east of England. Although there is “considerable uncertainty”, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the new variant may be up to 70% more transmissible than the old one.The WHO was notified about the discovery. The new variant is not believed to be more deadly.
Along with the UK, the same mutation of the Covid-19 virus has also been detected in the Netherlands, Denmark and Australia. On Sunday, the Netherlands introduced a ban on passenger flights from the UK until 1 January because of the new variant. A number of European countries have or are considering banning travel from the UK as Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday introduced a new tier four level of restrictions, scrapping a planned relaxation of rules over the Christmas period for millions of people.