WHO says in close contact with UK officials on new Covid-19 virus variant

A new strain of coronavirus identified in the United Kingdom is up to 70 per cent more infectious.
A new strain of coronavirus identified in the United Kingdom is up to 70 per cent more infectious. PHOTO: NYTIMES

LONDON (REUTERS) - The World Health Organisation said on Saturday (Dec 19) that it was in close contact with British officials over a new Covid-19 virus variant.

"They'll (UK officials) continue to share info and results of their analysis and ongoing studies. We'll update member states and public as we learn more about the characteristics of this virus variant and any implications," the WHO said in a tweet.

A new strain of coronavirus identified in the United Kingdom is up to 70 per cent more infectious, but it is not thought to be more deadly and vaccines should still be effective, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and scientists said on Saturday.