New variant of Covid could become dominant globally, Sage expert says


BFaced with their own outbreaks of coronavirus cases, Asian countries including Japan and South Korea have said they are closely monitoring a new, super virulent strain of the virus identified in Britain, but none immediately canceled UK flights.
No Asian country has reported the new strain.

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South Korea, which imposes a 14-day quarantine on anyone entering the country, said on Monday that it was reviewing new measures for flights from the United Kingdom and would test twice those for flights from the United Kingdom. Britain before they were released from their forties.

New cases have risen to more than 1,000 a day in South Korea several times in the past week. He reported an outbreak on Sunday at a Seoul prison where 188 inmates and staff were infected.

The country, which said it was running out of hospital beds, said on Monday that Seoul would ban gatherings of more than four people later this week and double hospital beds for critical Covid cases by end of the year.

Taiwan, which also has a 14-day quarantine, said on Sunday that there were no plans to stop flights from Britain.

An Indian government committee tasked with monitoring the pandemic will meet on Monday to discuss the new strain, local media reported, but there was no clarity on the interruption of flights to the UK.

The UK is one of 23 countries with which India shares an “air bubble”.

India, which has the second-highest number of cases after the United States, does not currently impose an institutional quarantine on international travelers if they test negative 72 hours before entering India .

Japan, where entry from Britain is already prohibited in principle, said it will keep in close contact with other countries as well as the World Health Organization to see how the new type of virus spreads.


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