Yesterday Boris Johnson held an emergency Cobra assembly to have a look at the emergence of a brand new Covid variant that has prompted flights from the UK to be suspended to international locations the world over together with Spain, Italy, Canada, India and Hong Kong. France has shut its border with the UK for 48 hours, that means no lorries or ferries can depart from the port of Dover.
The Guardian’s well being editor, Sarah Boseley, talks to Rachel Humphreys about what we all know up to now in regards to the variant, which is alleged to be as a lot as 70% extra transmissible than earlier variations. It now accounts for greater than 60% of recent infections reported in London. The federal government’s chief scientific adviser, Patrick Vallance, stated there was no proof that this pressure of the virus was extra deadly. However sooner transmission would imply extra circumstances, which might result in extra hospitalisations and deaths. On Monday, Prof Neil Ferguson, a member of the federal government’s New and Rising Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag), stated preliminary information hinted that the variant might extra successfully infect youngsters, although causality had not been established.
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