COVID-19 MUTATED IN UK


16/12/2020




Selin ATAY-TDO- In the UK, the novel type of coronavirus (Covid-19) has been found to mutate in a way that causes it to spread more rapidly. The UK Government has announced that its strictest measures will be implemented in the capital, London, in the face of rising cases.              

Health Minister Matt Hancock said in Parliament on the issue that it would take time to see the benefits of the vaccine, which was released last week, and it needed to be persevered.

Minister Hancock pointed to a "sharp" increase in the number of cases in London, as well as the East and south east of England. They determined that the virus had mutated and that more than 1,000 people were infected with this new species, Hancock said. As a result of this new type of virus, the number of cases has increased rapidly and the World Health Organization (WHO) has also informed about this issue, Hancock said. On the other hand, he also noted, the mutated virus is not likely to cause more serious disease than other species.

In his statement, Hancock also briefed on the measures taken as part of the fight against the virus. The minister announced that London and parts of Essex and Hertfordshire would move to the third tier, with the strictest measures in place, from 00.01 on Wednesday. However, it is not yet known how effective the new species is in the increase seen in these places.

Hancock emphasized that the virus is spreading not only among young people, but also among those over 60, and said, "We need to act now to change the course because there is no moment to waste."

Under phase three restrictions to combat coronavirus, cafes and restaurants will only be allowed takeaways, while pubs will be closed completely. People will not be allowed to meet people they do not live with indoors and in the gardens of houses. Indoor gyms and theatres will also be closed.


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