(LONDON) Press Release Statement Report: Chief Medical Officer for England, Professor Chris Whitty said: As announced on Monday, the UK has identified a new variant of Covid-19 through PHE genomic surveillance #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Dec.19: The prime minister is set to hold a press conference on Saturday afternoon to discuss the new strain of COVID-19. According to @CMO_England, there is “no current evidence to suggest the new strain causes a higher mortality rate.” https://t.co/y2S8wS507z

#Coronavirus Statement from Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty about new strain of #Covid19 as Boris Johnson to hold Press Conference on Saturday afternoon

New strain of Covid-19 reported to World Health Organisation

Department of Health and Social Care

Chief Medical Officer for England, Professor Chris Whitty said:

As announced on Monday, the UK has identified a new variant of Covid-19 through Public Health England’s genomic surveillance.

As a result of the rapid spread of the new variant, preliminary modelling data and rapidly rising incidence rates in the South East, the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG) now consider that the new strain can spread more quickly.

We have alerted the World Health Organisation and are continuing to analyse the available data to improve our understanding.

There is no current evidence to suggest the new strain causes a higher mortality rate or that it affects vaccines and treatments although urgent work is underway to confirm this.

Given this latest development it is now more vital than ever that the public continue to take action in their area to reduce transmission.

#AceHealthDesk report …………..Published: Dec.19: 2020:

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