More cases of new Covid variant found in Europe

Katie Ramirez
December 27, 2020

Furthermore, Italian authorities have detected the new COVID-19 strain in a patient in Rome.

The new strain of coronavirus has imposed new health and safety restrictions on more than 50 countries, including Spain.

Coronavirus infections in Tokyo hit a record daily high of 949 cases on Saturday, local media reported, as Japan heads into the New Year holiday period, which in normal years sees citizens of the capital stream into the provinces.

The two new cases were the first to be discovered outside of airport quarantine in the country.

According to the website of the World Health Organization, as of December 22, there were 233 COVID-19 candidate vaccines being developed worldwide, and 61 of them were in clinical trials.

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The ministry added that the man, who had been living in the United Kingdom, was asymptomatic, and now self-isolating at home in the central city of Tours.

The fourth case concerned another man, who had also traveled from the UK.

The French health ministry said the person was a Frenchman in the town of Tours who had arrived from London on 19 December.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the new viral strain "may be up to 70 per cent more transmissible than the original version of the disease".

"There is no need for alarm", Zapatero added.

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