Matthew Hancock, head of the Department of Health, has announced the discovery of a more infectious strain of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.
According to the Minister, the mutation has spread much faster than its original form. This was reported by Newsweek.
In response, the head of the Department of Health said stricter quarantine restrictions would be imposed in London and several areas in the south of England following the spike in COVID-19 cases.
It is noted that UK authorities do not yet know how many people have been infected with the new strain of coronavirus. There is also no evidence that it is more lethal than known strains of SARS-CoV-2 and is resistant to vaccines.
At least a thousand people are known to have been infected with a mutated version of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in 60 different districts across the country. The largest number of cases has been diagnosed in the south of England.
The new quarantine restrictions will affect around 10 million people living in London, Essex and Hertfordshire.
In particular, people will be banned from congregating indoors and outdoors, and pubs and bars will come to a halt.