The UK authorities identified a new, more contagious coronavirus variant linked to a recent surge in cases in England.
The new mutation is being called VUI-202012/01 — the first “Variant Under Investigation” in the UK in December 2020. The new strain — believed to have origins in South Africa — comes on top of the other new variant which has been sweeping the UK and is considered to be around 70% more contagious.
UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the new strain in a country of more than 68 million people was concerning.
“This new variant is highly concerning because it is yet more transmissible and it appears to have mutated further than the new variant that’s been discovered in the UK.”