"We are monitoring the situation. This issue must be confirmed or denied by the World Health Organization (WHO). We are sending 200 new virus isolates to a WHO laboratory, which is located at the Charite Clinic in Germany. This strain has not yet been identified in Ukraine," Liashko said in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine, Ukrinform reports.
As reported, a new variant of the coronavirus was identified in the United Kingdom in December 2020. British authorities said the virus is 70% more contagious and spreads more quickly than previous strains.
According to the WHO, the new coronavirus variant, known as B.1.1.7 or VOC 202012/01, has so far been detected in at least 50 countries, as well as Hong Kong and Taiwan.
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