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New strain of Covid-19 reported to World Health Organisation

Published 19 December 2020

From: Department of Health and Social Care

Chief Medical Officer for England, Professor Chris Whitty said:

“As announced on Monday, the UK has identified a new variant of Covid-19 through Public Health England’s genomic surveillance.

“As a result of the rapid spread of the new variant, preliminary modelling data and rapidly rising incidence rates in the South ...

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