A new, previously unknown strain of coronavirus has been discovered in the UK.
This was reported by the Office of Public Health England.
Two cases of the new variant of the virus, dubbed VUI-202103/01, have been identified in the southeast in people who recently returned from Antigua.
It is noted that this strain contains spike mutations E484K and N501Y. The management has not yet provided more detailed information on this variant of the virus.
“Identification of contacts has been completed, no additional cases have been found at the moment,” the message says.
As previously reported, Norway, Italy, and Iceland, following Denmark, are stopping the use of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine. The decision is related to the possible side effects of the drug.
In addition, scientists have found that Pfizer’s vaccine is effective against the British strain of coronavirus.