China has confirmed its first case of a brand new variant of the coronavirus that was lately detected in Britain, well being officers mentioned.
The brand new pressure, which specialists say spreads doubtlessly quicker than the unique variant, has prompted UK journey restrictions in additional than 50 international locations, together with China, the place the coronavirus appeared late final yr.
The primary affected person in China with the brand new variant is a 23-year-old lady from Shanghai who arrived from Britain on December 14, the Chinese language Middle for Illness Management mentioned in a analysis notice revealed on Wednesday.
She was hospitalized upon arrival for gentle signs. Well being specialists carried out genetic sequencing of their take a look at samples on December 24 “because of historical past of journey from the UK and irregular nucleic acid take a look at outcomes,” the CDC of China mentioned.
The affected person was discovered to have a unique pressure than beforehand present in Shanghai or Wuhan, and additional testing confirmed it was the variant often called B.1.1.7 that has been spreading within the UK since October.
Well being authorities have performed contact tracing, the CDC assertion added.
China suspended direct flights to and from Britain indefinitely on December 24 as a result of new pressure.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has mentioned that the brand new variant “could also be as much as 70% extra transmissible than the unique model of the illness.”
However thus far there isn’t any proof to counsel that an infection with the brand new variant is extra prone to result in a extreme case of Covid-19 or improve the danger of demise.
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