A new strain of coronavirus has been detected at the end of this year. Eight European countries are affected by the new strain.
This has been confirmed by the regional director of WHO Europe. He further added that the World Health Organisation (WHO) is going to monitor the situation.
Hans Kluge, WHO`s Regional Director for Europe said that the new strain is affecting the people of younger age group. Unlike the previous strain, it seems to be mutating.
Kluge stressed protective measures and asked people to strictly follow the regulations.
The Director tweeted, “8 countries in the @WHO Europe region have now identified the new COVID-19 variant VOC-202012/01. It is vital to strengthen existing protective measures: distancing/masks/staying in core support bubbles. WHO is continuing to monitor and will provide updates.”
Kluge further added on a subsequent tweet, “The variant also seems to be spreading among younger age groups, unlike previous strains. Vigilance is important while research is ongoing to define its impact.”
Last week, the strain has been detected in the United Kingdom. The experts are saying that this new strain is more transmissible than other SARS-CoV-2 variants. To fight against it, several countries are implementing new restrictions and rules.
The WHO had declared the outbreak of the Global Pandemic due to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on 11th March.
According to a report of Johns Hopkins University, a total of 79,712,010 cases and 1,747,790 deaths have been reported around the globe.
Many countries are severely affected and The United States continues the list of the worst affected countries along with Brazil and India.