css-14iz86j-BoldText {font-weight: bold;} Great Britain has discovered two cases of another new variant of the coronavirus, says Health Secretary Matt Hancock

The cases in London and North West England are contacts from people who have traveled to South Africa, where the variant was discovered

Anyone who has traveled there in the past fourteen days and has had contact with is urged to quarantine immediately

The variant has caused growing concern in South Africa, where Health Minister Zweli Mkhize warned that “young, previously healthy people are now getting very sick”

He said the country “cannot go through what we went through in the early days of the AIDS pandemic”

Clinicians have provided anecdotal evidence of a shift in the clinical epidemiological picture – particularly noting that they are seeing a greater proportion of younger, non-comorbid patients with critical illness # SARSCOV2MediaBriefing

Scientists in South Africa say the variant “spread rapidly” and has become the dominant form of the virus in parts of the country

The variant is still being analyzed, but the data is consistent with the fact that it is spreading faster

This variant has some similarities to the one already noted in the UK, although developed separately

Both have a mutation called N501Y that is found in a critical part of the virus that infects cells in the body

Prof Neil Ferguson of Imperial College London said: “I think our biggest concern right now is the South African

“There are certainly isolated reports of explosive outbreaks of this virus and a very sharp increase in the number of cases”

At the Downing Street press conference, Hancock said the new variant was “very worrying” and anyone asked to quarantine should avoid “any contact with anyone.”

At the same meeting, he announced that millions more people would be transferred to Tier 4 on Boxing Day to control the virus

Dr Susan Hopkins of Public Health England (PHE) said “both look like they are more transmissible” but said they are “still learning about the variant imported from South Africa” ​​

She said she was “pretty confident” that the quarantine and travel rules would control the spread of the new variant

Prof Lawrence Young of Warwick Medical School said, “Standard measures to limit transmission (hands, face, space) prevent infection with this variant

The government tightened restrictions on the festive season, including closing beaches at hotspots – including those along the famous Garden Route in the Western Cape Province

However, the main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), and some lobby groups that challenged the decision in court met resistance, arguing that beach closures would have a devastating impact on small businesses

However, the judges upheld the restrictions, saying the government has a duty to protect people’s health

Western Cape Prime Minister Alan Winde said hospitals in the province were “under heavy pressure” The province had more Covid-19 cases this time than during the first wave

South Africa has around 950 so far000 cases and more than 25000 deaths recorded – the highest in Africa

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