UK CORONAVIRUS STRAIN HAS BEEN DETECTED IN 86 COUNTRIES SAYS WHO

Highlights
• The coronavirus variant B.1.1.7, which was first identified in the United Kingdom on September 20, has been detected in 86 nations
• The CNN reported that this new variant B.1.1.7 has showcased an increase in transmissibility, which makes it more contagious as compared to the previous strain
• The WHO said as of February 7, the B.1.351 strain was reported in 44 countries and the P.1 strain has been reported in 15 nations


According to the announcement made by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Tuesday, the coronavirus variant B.1.1.7, which was first identified in the United Kingdom on September 20, has been detected in 86 nations.
The CNN reported that this new variant B.1.1.7 has showcased an increase in transmissibility, which makes it more contagious as compared to the previous strain and there is some evidence of increase in disease severity on the basis of preliminary findings. As of February 7, six more countries have reported cases of this variant.
The WHO said in its weekly epidemiological update that in the UK, coronavirus test samples of this strain went up from 63 per cent in the week of December 14 to 90 per cent in the week of January 18. The global health body has also been monitoring two additional coronavirus strains that are actively spreading: B.1.351, firstly seen in South Africa, and the P.1 strain which was first reported in Brazil. The WHO said as of February 7, the B.1.351 strain was reported in 44 countries and the P.1 strain has been reported in 15 nations.