Covid cases continue to rise in the UK, and more than 80,000 people have died from the deadly virus. A sharp rise in cases was largely attributed to a new strain of coronavirus, which is more transmissible.
The mutation was first spotted in the south-east of England, toward the end of 2020.
It coincided with exponential rises in infections, despite the country being in the middle of the November lockdown.
Infection rates were going down across the country, apart from in the south-east, where infection rates were increasing.
Scientists believed that the new Covid strain was up to 70 percent more transmissible than the original strain.
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The Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor, Sir Patrick Vallance explained symptoms for the new Covid strain are unlikely to change.
He said earlier this month that there is “no evidence that the disease course is any different”.
That means it’s absolutely crucial to remain vigilant for the common symptoms for coronavirus.
The three most important signs of Covid include a high fever, a new, continuous cough, and a loss of taste or smell.