London, December 23 (Xinhua) British health secretary Matthew Hancock said on the 23rd that the prevention and control level of the new epidemic in more areas of eastern and southeastern England will be raised to the highest level 4. In addition, another variant of the new coronavirus was found in the UK.
Hancock said at a news conference on the same day that, in view of the epidemic situation, the British government has decided to raise the new crown epidemic prevention and control level in Sussex, Oxfordshire, Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridge counties to the fourth level starting from the 26th.
Hancock also said that after the discovery of a new variant coronavirus, another variant coronavirus was found in the UK. The new mutated virus is “very worrying” because it is more transmissible and seems to have a deeper mutation than the previous one. British experts are in-depth analysis.
Hancock said both cases of the new variant virus infection were associated with a recent trip to South Africa. The British government has quarantined patients and their close contacts and imposed restrictions on travel related to South Africa. People who have been to South Africa in the past two weeks and their close contacts must be isolated immediately.
The British government announced the occurrence of the mutated new coronavirus on the 14th, and then announced that the prevention and control level of the capital London, southeast England and parts of eastern England will be raised from the third level to the newly increased fourth level from the 20th.
According to data released by the British government on the 23rd, 39237 new crown cases have been confirmed in the past 24 hours, with a total of 2149551 cases confirmed.