WHO 'in contact with UK' over new Covid variant

WHO 'in contact with UK' over new Covid variant
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The World Health Organization (WHO) has said it is in "close contact" with UK officials over the emergence of a new variant of Covid-19, APA reports citing BBC.

The new variant is spreading more rapidly than the original version, but is not believed to be more deadly.

Large parts of south-east England, including London, are now under a new, stricter level of restrictions in a bid to curb the rapidly spreading virus.

The Netherlands said it was banning UK flights because of the new variant.

The ban comes into force on Sunday and will remain in place until 1 January at the latest, the Dutch government said.

The move comes after sampling of a case in the Netherlands earlier this month revealed the same strain of coronavirus as that found in the UK.


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