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Covid-19: Another new variant added to UK watch list

By Michelle Roberts
Health editor, BBC News online

Published 10 minutes ago

Scientists have identified 16 cases of another new variant of coronavirus in the UK.

Public Health England has designated it as a 'variant under investigation' (VUI), meaning it is on their watch list, but not one they are immediately concerned about.

It has a mutation in common with the South Africa and Brazil variants.

That change, E484K, may help the virus evade some immunity from vaccination or prior infection, experts believe.

The cases were first identified on 15 February by the UK's variant surveillance system.

Experts believe it originated in the UK.

All 16 individuals who tested positive, and their contacts, have been traced and advised to isolate.

PHE said the cases were geographically spread across the UK.

And it confirmed that surge or mass testing would not be necessary - this is only done for variants of concern (VOC), such as the Brazil one.

The UK now has 8 variants on its watch list - 4 VUIs and 4 VOCs.
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Report Dotchinite March 4, 2021 5:49 PM GMT
They will continue to find new ones every time they want to scare people into accepting an ever longer lockdown.
Report GAZO March 4, 2021 5:52 PM GMT
i think its safe not to worry too much unless it mutates with ebola
Report leif March 4, 2021 5:53 PM GMT
Report sixtwosix March 4, 2021 6:30 PM GMT
so long as it never mutates in conjunction with manflu ......
Report 11kv March 4, 2021 7:28 PM GMT
Surely we can blame Big Gordon for this......
Report saddo March 4, 2021 8:13 PM GMT
Dotchinite 04 Mar 21 18:49 
They will continue to find new ones every time they want to scare people into accepting an ever longer lockdown.





They are without shame  Laugh
Report bluebook March 5, 2021 12:12 AM GMT
Quelle surprise... .
Report Movewiththetimes March 5, 2021 12:51 AM GMT
Furlough extended to October forget your freedom till spring 2022 at the very least Sad
Report Facts March 5, 2021 2:28 AM GMT
Why do people have to feel obliged to seek refuge in ' it's a conspiracy '  ??!
Report dukeofpuke March 5, 2021 5:00 AM GMT
1968 i was 6 my parents didnt die my grandparents didnt die but 70,000 did but nobody gave a fck
Report shiny new shoes please March 5, 2021 5:39 AM GMT
The disempowerment   of  people
Empowerment of institutions
Never ends well for the majority
It's a big club for the corrupt power mad rich
& your not in it ..

Totalitarianism
Data hungry physio
Excited
Report bluebook March 5, 2021 9:01 AM GMT
The good old Mao flu, dukepfpuke.
Report saddo March 5, 2021 11:12 AM GMT
There is no conspiracy imo Facts, just a giant cluster f**k from the off. They are so embarrassed by their overreaction that they can't get out of it.
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