New COVID-19 variant found in South Korea, according to a report
South Korea joined other countries in confirming the presence of a new COVID-19 variant which was first reported in the United Kingdom.
This, as South Korea became the latest country to confirm the presence of the new COVID-19 variant, according to a report.
The new COVID-19 variant, which was listed as “VUI-202012/01”, was discovered in the United Kingdom and was thought to be up to 70 percent more transmissible.
This means that the new COVID-19 variant could spread much faster than the original one.
Sky News reported that the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said that the new COVID-19 variant had been seen in three people who arrived in the country from London last December 22.
Since the coronavirus pandemic started, South Korea had confirmed almost 57,000 cases of COVID-19 and 808 deaths.
Countries around the world had placed restrictions on travelers from the United Kingdom since the new COVID-19 variant was identified in southeast England.
While it was believed to spread faster, there’s no evidence that the new COVID-19 variant caused more serious illness so far or was able to evade any of the COVID-19 vaccines that had been approved for use in recent weeks.