Cases of a new version of COVID-19, first found in England, were confirmed by health officials in Canada, Japan and several other European countries on Saturday.
Why it matters: While there is no evidence that the version is more lethal than the original strain, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced it could be 70% more permeable, leading to dozens of countries banning travel from the United Kingdom .
- A stress called B.1.1.7 increased cases of spikes, which left millions of people in England and Wales closed on holidays.
- Some officials worry that it is going unnoticed worldwide, as some countries have sophisticated genomic surveillance that enables British scientists to find the version according to the New York Times.
What is happening: The Public Health Agency of Canada confirmed the first two cases in North America of the new coronovirus strain in the province of Ontario on Saturday evening.
- “These two cases did not travel outside of Canada,” the agency said in a statement.
Official in japan It has been said on Saturday that the country will close its border for all non-resident foreign nationals from midnight of Monday, 31 January.
In Spain, The regional government of Madrid announced on Saturday that according to Al Jazeera, four people had become infected with the strain B.1.1.7.
Sweden Public Health Agency On Saturday, tension in a newly returned passenger was revealed by notes from Britain, Reuters.
French Ministry of Health According to AFP, the first B.1.1.7 case in the country was confirmed late Friday.
For the record: Coronavirus vaccines have been started in North America, European Union countries and countries around the world.
- European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen Tweeted on saturday, “Vaccination is a permanent method of epidemic.”
- There is no evidence B.1.1.7 strain may affect the effectiveness of these immunizations.