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At least 33 countries have reported cases of the new, possibly more infectious coronavirus variant from the UK

Business Insider Logo By sankel@businessinsider.com (Sophia Ankel,Mia Jankowicz,Susie Neilson) of Business Insider | Slide 1 of 35:  Several countries have imposed travel restrictions on the UK after reports of a new, possibly more infectious coronavirus variant circulating the country. At least 33 countries have reported cases of the new variant. One academic estimate said the new variant could be up to 70% more transmissible, though it is too early to say so definitively.  UK health authorities said the variant was first detected in September, though they did not publicly identify it until mid-December. Viruses are typically expected to mutate, and variants aren't necessarily more harmful. Scroll down to see which countries have so far reported cases of the new B.1.1.7 coronavirus variant. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Reports of a new and possibly more contagious coronavirus variant have prompted panic in Europe and beyond.  The new variant of the virus, called B.1.1.7, was first detected in the UK in September but had since spread rapidly. British authorities formally identified the new variant around mid-December.Prime Minister Boris Johnson cited one academic - Dr. Erik Volz, a public health lecturer at Imperial College, London - saying the variant could be up to 70% more transmissible. But Volz has himself said that "it's really too early to tell" how transmissible it is, "but from what we see so far, it is growing very quickly."Viruses are typically expected to mutate, and variants aren't necessarily more harmful. Experts have also said that COVID-19 vaccines should still work against the new variant.The mutation has triggered some countries to close their borders and tighten travel restrictions even further. From Japan to Finland, scroll down to see the rapidly growing list of countries where the new coronavirus strain has been identified.Read the original article on Business Insider

At least 33 countries have reported cases of the new, possibly more infectious coronavirus variant from the UK

  • Several countries have imposed travel restrictions on the UK after reports of a new, possibly more infectious coronavirus variant circulating the country.
  • At least 33 countries have reported cases of the new variant.
  • One academic estimate said the new variant could be up to 70% more transmissible, though it is too early to say so definitively.
  • UK health authorities said the variant was first detected in September, though they did not publicly identify it until mid-December.
  • Viruses are typically expected to mutate, and variants aren't necessarily more harmful.
  • Scroll down to see which countries have so far reported cases of the new B.1.1.7 coronavirus variant.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

Reports of a new and possibly more contagious coronavirus variant have prompted panic in Europe and beyond.  

The new variant of the virus, called B.1.1.7, was first detected in the UK in September but had since spread rapidly. British authorities formally identified the new variant around mid-December.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson cited one academic - Dr. Erik Volz, a public health lecturer at Imperial College, London - saying the variant could be up to 70% more transmissible. But Volz has himself said that "it's really too early to tell" how transmissible it is, "but from what we see so far, it is growing very quickly."

Viruses are typically expected to mutate, and variants aren't necessarily more harmful. Experts have also said that COVID-19 vaccines should still work against the new variant.

The mutation has triggered some countries to close their borders and tighten travel restrictions even further. 

From Japan to Finland, scroll down to see the rapidly growing list of countries where the new coronavirus strain has been identified.

Read the original article on Business Insider
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