UK Covid-19 mutation detected in Germany and Switzerland

Source : 112 Ukraine

All cases were related to Britons or travel to the UK
13:01, 25 December 2020

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A highly contagious Covid-19 mutation, originally identified in the UK, has also been reported in Germany and Switzerland, Blick informs.

In Germany, a new virus strain was discovered in the federal state of Baden-Wuerttemberg.

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"It is the first known case in Germany," the health ministry of Baden-Wuerttemberg state said in a statement.

The woman had arrived in Frankfurt airport on December 20 from London Heathrow.

She was driven home by her relatives into quarantine after testing positive for Covid-19 on arrival at the airport.

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In addition, the British mutation is also circulating in Switzerland. By the way, many Britons have visited the Swiss ski area.

"In Switzerland, a new variant from the UK has been identified for the first time in two samples," the Federal Office of Public Health (BAG) announced in a press release.

It is noted that people infected with the new variant of the coronavirus live in the UK however they tested positive for the virus in Switzerland.

As we reported earlier, another new variant of the coronavirus emerged in Nigeria.

John Nkengasong, head of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, revealed the existence of the new P681H strain.

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