The UK has restricted flights to and from South Africa and has determined to quarantine all these coming from the nation. The choices had been made after British well being authorities discovered individuals contaminated with the coronavirus variant present in South Africa. Or the UK is already affected by a pressure of coronavirus found in its personal territory.

“It is a very, very severe concern,” Matt Hancock advised BBC Radio, saying he was “extremely frightened”.

Scientists say the brand new South African variant is completely different from the others circulating within the nation as a result of it has a number of mutations within the so-called “spike” protein utilized by the virus to contaminate cells within the human physique. This variant was additionally related to a better viral load, ie a better focus of viral particles within the physique of sufferers, most likely contributing to a better stage of contagion, notes Reuters, in line with Agerpres.

In these circumstances, John Bell, a professor of drugs at Oxford College, stated there was a “massive query mark” over whether or not COVID-19 vaccines can be efficient in opposition to the South African model.