Covid-19: In the UK, a new strain of the virus spreads faster. Boris Johnson announced new measures

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson met with his Cabinet, due to the alarm given by scientists about a new strain of coronavirus identified in the United Kingdom, which is spreading rapidly.

At a press conference, together with Chris Whitty, England’s general director of Health, and Patrick Vallance, scientific consultant, which started at 4 pm, Boris Johnson started by alerting to the latest covid-19 data – more than 27,000 new cases in the last 24 hours – which are worrying and show how the disease is spreading faster than expected.

The Prime Minister said that this growth in the number of cases is being influenced by the new variant of coronavirus identified in the United Kingdom and that, although there is no evidence that it causes more serious problems, this variant seems to be transmitted much more easily: according to its statements, it is 70% more transmissible than the original variant of the disease.

Thus, new measures were announced for Christmas, which come into force this Sunday. London and the South East of England now move to tier 4, meaning that all non-essential stores, gyms and hairdressers will be closed and people should remain at home.

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