he United Kingdom (UK) has been shut off from much of the countries after fears about a new strain of the coronavirus.
Concern are growing over a new strain of coronavirus identified in the United Kingdom.
India and UAE on Monday also restricted air travel from UK over fears of new Covid strain .
Susan Hopkins of Public Health England said the agency notified the government on December 18 when modelling revealed the full seriousness of the new strain. The UK submitted its findings to the World Health Organization the same day.
Since then it spread quickly in the southeast, becoming the dominant form of the virus there.
In London, 62 percent of cases were due to the new variant in the week of December 9. That compares with 28 percent three weeks earlier.
Faced with this rapid development, the UK government has moved to enforce stricter lockdown measures over the coming Christmas period.
The broad symptoms of the new strain are the same – high temperature, persistent dry cough and a loss or change in taste and smell.