“British” type of coronavirus found in 70 countries

US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — The “British” type of coronavirus infection has already been identified in 70 countries, the South African – in 31. This was announced on Wednesday, January 27, at the World Health Organization (WHO).

“Since the last update on January 19, the VOC-202012/01 variant has been discovered in ten more countries. As of January 25, a total of 70 countries in all six WHO regions have reported either imported cases or the transmission of this variant within the communities,” says a bulletin published on the organization’s website.

The mutation of the virus from South Africa was recorded in 31 states in five WHO regions.

On January 21, WHO reported the presence of a coronavirus mutation, originally identified in the UK, in 60 countries, and mutations from the Republic of South Africa in 23 countries.

On the same day, scientists said that the strain of coronavirus infection identified in South Africa poses a significant risk of re-infection . It is specified that it is resistant to antibodies accumulated in the body of a person who has recovered from COVID-19.

In mid-December 2020, the UK announced the discovery of a new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus strain. The Advisory Board on New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats in the country confirmed that it is spreading at a faster rate and requires increased caution from the population.

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