A SHOCKING new Covid graphic has as we speak revealed a dramatic surge within the ‘new’ virus strains in UK within the final 4 weeks.
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The brand new variant is spreading via the nation extraordinarily shortly
The rapid rise in the mutant variant has seen a surge in Covid-19 instances and hospitalisations and is behind the brand new Tier 4 restrictions – with the Well being Secretary saying it was spreading at a “harmful price”.
Authorities have mentioned the brand new variant is 70 per cent extra infectious than the earlier pressure.
In a graphic launched by the federal government as we speak, the brand new variant will be seen to be answerable for a rising variety of individuals testing optimistic for coronavirus.
In mid-November, the brand new pressure accounted for 0.2 per cent of these testing optimistic for coronavirus – rising to 0.7 per cent by mid-December.
In the meantime the preliminary pressure has began to lower.
Circumstances are up 57 per cent throughout the UK in only a week, due to the elevated unfold, whereas hospital admissions have soared.
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The brand new pressure’s scientific identify is VUI 2020/01, with VUI standing for Variant Underneath Investigation.
Oxfordshire, Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire can be put into even tighter restrictions because of the mutant Covid – as Mr Hancock also announced an even MORE infectious new South African strain has been found in the UK.
Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Northamptonshire will go into Tier 3 too, and Cornwall and Hereforshire can be bumped up from Tier 1 to 2.
A further six million individuals can be in Tier 4 of the Authorities’s Covid-19 restrictions from Boxing Day.
This implies a complete of 24 million individuals will now be in Tier 4, or 43 per cent of the inhabitants of England.
And Mr Hancock introduced two instances have been detected of one other new pressure of the coronavirus within the UK.
He mentioned: “Each are contacts of instances who’ve travelled from South Africa over the previous few weeks.”
He added: “We’re extremely grateful to the South African authorities for the rigour of their science and the openness and the transparency with which they’ve rightly acted as we did after we found a brand new variant right here.”
Mr Hancock continued: “This new variant is very regarding as a result of it’s but extra transmissible and it seems to have mutated additional than the brand new variant that has been found within the UK.”
The Well being Secretary mentioned each instances and shut contacts of the instances have been quarantined, there are instant restrictions on journey from South Africa and the Authorities is telling those that have been in touch with anybody who has been in South Africa within the final fortnight that they need to quarantine.
He added: “These measures are non permanent whereas we examine additional this new pressure which is shortly to be analysed at Porton Down.”
Matt Hancock introduced extra measuresCredit score: AP:Related Press