Published: Sun, December 27, 2020
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More cases of new Covid variant found in Europe

More cases of new Covid variant found in Europe

The move comes amid mounting concerns over a new variant of the virus at a time when cases in Tokyo have reached a record.

At least four cases of a new strain of the COVID-19 which was reported in Britain have been detected in the Community of Madrid, one of the 17 autonomous regions of Spain, the regional government's deputy health chief Antonio Zapatero said on Saturday.

The French health ministry said the person was a Frenchman in the town of Tours who had arrived from London on 19 December.

Zapatero, who said that the new variant was first identified in a traveller who had arrived from the United Kingdom, added that those who have been infected with the new strain of the virus are now not experiencing more severe symptoms than other COVID-19 patients.

"There is no need for alarm", Zapatero added.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the new viral strain "may be up to 70 per cent more transmissible than the original version of the disease".

Three others suspected cases have been tested, and results will be available on or before Wednesday.

Since its discovery, more than 40 countries have restricted travel from the United Kingdom, and in some cases, travel from other countries that have documented cases with the variant.

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