Spain confirms first case of the mutant coronavirus strain from UK

Spain confirms first case of the mutant coronavirus strain from UK
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At least four cases of a new COVID-19 variant that recently emerged in the United Kingdom have been confirmed in Spain's Madrid, Antonio Zapatero, a prominent official in the Spanish capital's administration, said on Saturday, adding that there are a further three suspected cases of the new strain, APA reports citing Sputnik.

"We have confirmed four cases of this new British variant in our community to date, and there are now three more suspected cases", Zapatero, who serves as deputy health chief for Madrid's regional government, said at a press conference.

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

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