The new mutated strain of the coronavirus was also found in China, in a student who returned from Britain, as announced by the authorities.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a statement issued Wednesday that the new strain was found in a 23-year-old student who arrived in China from Shanghai on December 14 after being in Britain.
This coronavirus strain was identified on December 24 in Britain, after analysis. Beijing announced the same day the suspension of flights to and from Britain.
The coronavirus strain is the first to be introduced into China “and poses a major threat to the prevention and control of COVID-19” in the country, the CDC said in a statement.
As a result, many measures have been taken, while the student has been isolated. In addition, her contacts have been tracked, including the passengers and crew of the flight she was on.
“The areas he passed through were disinfected,” according to the CDC.
This new strain of coronavirus is 50% to 74% more contagious than other strains, according to experts.
The British mutation has been identified in several countries, including Canada, the United States, Portugal, France, Jordan, South Korea and Chile.