Kovid-19 in Britain: Boris Johnson holds cabinet meeting over New Virus strain


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London appeared to be leading a new set of stringent restrictions to curb the rapidly expanding version of the coronovirus.

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson held an emergency meeting with his cabinet, and will address the public at 4pm on Saturday as the BBC reports that Tier-4 will be added to a three-tier ban system in which pubs, restaurants and theaters are closed.

The BBC and South-East England will now fall under a more rigorous process of regulations, the BBC said citing unnamed sources. Plans to allow families to see each other over Christmas will also be reviewed by Johnson’s pledge to allow some homes to be merged over the holidays.

Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said the new version was spreading rapidly, and was likely behind the dangerous climb of case numbers in that part of the country.

The newspaper reported that travel restrictions are also in the midst of discussion measures, and as soon as Saturday could be brought in, the Telegraph reported that a ban on travelers traveling in London was also being considered.

Important measures

“There is no current evidence to suggest the new pressure, which leads to higher mortality or affects vaccines and treatment, although immediate work is underway to confirm this,” said Whitty. “Given this latest development, it is now more important than ever that the public continue to take action in their region to reduce transmission.”

As recently as Friday, Johnson refused a rule Third UK lockdown to control the spread of the virus. Britain will join Italy and Austria in tight bodies during the holiday season, with the three countries facing a rapidly increasing case number.

Viruses develop quickly or mutate, especially those that require new vaccines each year due to changes in key proteins such as the flu. SARS-CoV-2 also changes, although is generally slower than some other viruses because it has a self-correcting mechanism that keeps its genetic sequence relatively stable.

Other variants in coronovirus have been reported in the past, including in a mink, which are susceptible to the virus, which was feared to be highly contagious and reported to the World Health Organization. Millions of fields were barned, although on 20 November the WHO stated that the most worrisome stress associated with animals is no longer spreading to humans.

– with assistance by John Lauerman

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