COVID-19: New variant identified in the UK

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UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that more than 1,000 cases of the new variant of coronavirus have been found in the UK.

On Monday afternoon, Hancock informed the House of Commons that the ‘new variant of COVID-19 has been predominantly found in the south of England and it is believed to be causing a fast spread.

He said that it was first identified last week in Kent during a  routine surveillance by Public Health England. The Ministers were informed about this last week, on Friday.

Matt Hancock said that there is no evidence that the new variant will not respond to the COVID-19 vaccines.

The UK authorities have already informed the World Health Organisation and the new variant is currently being studied, said Hancock.