A new type of coronavirus has been identified, British Health Secretary Matt Hancock has told MPs. He said it was growing rapidly in parts of England. The British Minister said that at least 60 different local authorities had identified the new virus-infected patients. The World Health Organization (WHO) has already been informed, he said, that British scientists were doing detailed research into the new virus. This information has been known from the British media BBC report.
Coronovirus has become a global epidemic since it was identified in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December last year. Vaccines for the virus have recently become widely used in many countries, including the United Kingdom, as it has infected millions of people worldwide and killed millions. Many are hoping that the epidemic will end with the introduction of vaccines.
But British Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the House of Commons on Monday that coronovirus infections had increased sharply over the past week in parts of London, Kent, Essex and parts of Hardfordshire. He said that a thousand people infected with the new virus have been identified. He said that the patients were identified mainly in the south of England.
However, the British Minister assured that there was no indication that the new type of coronovirus would be more deadly or that the vaccine would not be effective. “We don’t know what caused the new virus to spread,” he said.
Professor Alan McNally, an expert at the University of Birmingham, said British laboratories had been researching new viruses for weeks. He said that a lot of work is being done to determine the characteristics of the new virus and to understand its emergence. He said that the development of the virus was normal and advised everyone to remain calm.