The discovery of this mutation was revealed by the Minister of Health, Matt Hancock earlier this week, when there were already cases reported in 60 cities at the time. Yesterday, the voice of the British Prime Minister confirmed the existence of this new strain of coronavirus.
The President of the European Council has already called an emergency meeting due to the new variant of the virus.
As reported by the UK health authorities, this new Coronavirus mutation tends to spread faster, which increases the rate of contagion.
The UK says the spread of this new strain is "out of control".
Coronavirus strain VUI-202012/01 is out of control
Representatives from the 27 member states will meet this Sunday by videoconference to talk about the new strain of coronavirus.
The President of the European Council called an emergency meeting with representatives of the 27 member states. Several countries such as the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy have already suspended air and rail links with the United Kingdom.
On Saturday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced to the country the tightening of restrictions due to the new variant VUI-202012/01, which doctors say is 70% more contagious, reveals the TSF. As of December 13, there were already 1108 cases detected with this variant.
The British Prime Minister has asked the population to stay at home and the United Kingdom returns to general confinement. The new restrictions come into force at 12:00 am on Sunday.
In Portugal, this new variant has not yet been identified, as confirmed by the Ricardo Jorge Health Institute.