A new type of coronavirus identified in Britain has a high rate of spread, said England’s Chief Medical Officer, Chris Whitty. His statement is published on the British government’s Web site.
“Due to the rapid spread of a new type of virus, based on preliminary projections and the rapidly increasing number of infections in the southeast of England, the Advisory Council on New and Emerging Respiratory Viral Threats now believes that a new type of virus could spread at a higher rate,” Whitty pointed out.
That said, he said, there is no evidence that the new strain of coronavirus is causing more deaths or affecting vaccines and treatments. Research on the issue has already begun.
The doctor said it is more important than ever for citizens to take precautions.
Earlier in December, U.K. Health Secretary Matthew Hancock said a new strain of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus had been discovered in the country and was spreading faster than the original form. According to him, the virus is more easily transmitted from person to person and is therefore more contagious.