Number of infections with the new COVID-19 strain exceeded 50 cases in UK

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(ORDO NEWS) — The number of infections with the new version of coronavirus BA.2.86 in the UK exceeded 50 cases, reported Friday, the British Health Agency.

“As of September 18, 54 confirmed cases were recorded in the UK, 48 – in England and six – in Scotland. No cases of the disease were detected in Wales and Northern Ireland,” the agency said in a statement published on the government’s website.

It is noted that 30 cases in England fall on one nursing home, where an outbreak occurred. In addition, out of 48 cases, 10 patients were hospitalized, while two were diagnosed with emergency services.

To date, not a single death has been recorded due to the spread of the new version of COVID-19, UKHSA reports.

In total, as of September 18, 137 cases were recorded in 15 countries, the statement said.

Earlier, UKHSA called people with symptoms of malaise to stay at home to avoid the spread of the new BA.2.86 strain.

In August, the British Health Agency ( UKHSA ) reported the first case of the disease with a new version of coronavirus BA.2.86, which is characterized by a large number of mutations.

In this regard, the British Ministry of Health decided to start vaccinating the population in England against influenza and coronavirus this fall a month earlier than originally planned.


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