England’s top medical official announced on Saturday that the UK had identified a new version of the virus, which could “spread more quickly” than earlier strains of the virus, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson controlling its spread. Imposed new restrictions on parts of the nation for. .
“We are learning about it, but we already know enough, more than enough, to make sure that,” Johnson said during a press briefing on Saturday, imposing new restrictions in London and other parts. We should work now. ” England ahead of Christmas holiday.
“When the virus changed its mode of attack, we would have to change our method of defense,” Johnson said.
The UK government on Monday announced a new coronovirus strain following an increase in cases in the southern and eastern parts of England. According to a statement from Public Health England, 1,100 Kovid-19 cases with new variants were identified as of Sunday.
Now, it has been thought that the new strain may be up to 70% higher than the original strain of the disease, Johnson said on Saturday, adding that it appears to increase the rapid spread of the infection. Johnson called on residents to avoid traveling and “staying local” to prevent new tensions from moving around the country and abroad.
According to a CNBC analysis of data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, the United Kingdom is reporting about 24,061 new Kovid-19 cases every day, a 40% increase from a week earlier, based on a weekly average.
“This is preliminary data, and it is under review, but it is the best that we have at the moment and we have to act on the information because we have it because it is spreading very fast now,” Johnson said .
England’s Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty said in a press briefing that “viruses are mutated all the time.” According to Public Health England, seasonal influenza mutates every year, and other new forms of coronavirus identified in countries such as Spain are already in place.
What should be answered is whether the new strain spreads more easily, makes people sick and does it change the way someone’s immune system reacts to the virus if they were previously infected or vaccinated , So said Whitty.
A collection of evidence from genetic, frequency and laboratory studies so far suggests that the new strain is “a significant, substantial increase in transmission.” However, there is no evidence so far to suggest that the new strain causes high mortality.
Health officials believe the new variant first appeared in London or Kent in mid-September, and by mid-November is believed to be the cause of about 28% of cases in London and other parts of south-east England, Whitty. he said.
Now those figures are much higher, he said. In London, data from the previous week shows that the new version accounted for more than 60% of new cases, Whitty said.
“So what this tells us is that this new version not only moves faster, it’s increased transmit ability, but it’s becoming the flagship version. It’s beating all others in terms of transmission,” They said.
Yet “there is no evidence” that it causes a more serious illness, more hospitalization, or “more trouble than other viruses,” Whitty said. However, there are reasons for suspecting new variants that there may be a change in a person’s immunity, but not so far.
“At this time, our working assumption from all of the scientists is that the vaccine’s response to this virus should be adequate,” he said. “It clearly needs to go further, and we need to be cautious about this.”
The UK has alerted the World Health Organization and will continue to analyze data on the new strain.