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Here's everything you need to know about Britain's new coronavirus variant

The governments of Australia, Italy and the Netherlands say they detected cases of the new strain

A man wears a face mask while he walks in Regent Street, ahead of the new Tier-4 restriction measures, in London, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020
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A man wears a face mask while he walks in Regent Street, ahead of the new Tier-4 restriction measures, in London, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020

Kate Kelland | Reuters London
A new variant of the pandemic SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus is spreading rapidly in Britain and prompting high levels of concern among its European neighbours, some of which have cut transport links.

The strain, referred to by some experts as the B.1.1.7 lineage, is not the first new variant of the pandemic virus to emerge, but is said to be up to 70% more transmissible than the previously dominant strain in the United Kingdom.

ARE THE CONCERNS JUSTIFIED?
 
Most scientists say yes. The new variant has rapidly become the dominant strain in cases of Covid-19 in parts of southern England, and has

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First Published: Dec 21 2020 | 7:26 PM IST

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