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World isolates UK; Australia, Italy discover patients with new virus strain

Experts caution against panicking, say vaccine shall prevent new strain of virus which isn't deadlier

Coronavirus, vaccine, covid, drugs, clinical trials

French Health Minister Olivier Veran told Europe 1 radio on Monday that current Covid-19 vaccines should work against a new strain of the virus, recently found in the United Kingdom.

A slew of countries closed their borders to Britain on Monday over fears of a highly infectious new coronavirus strain, heightening global panic, causing travel chaos and raising the prospect of UK food shortages days before the Brexit cliff edge.
India, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, Russia, Jordan and Hong Kong suspended travel for Britons after Boris Johnson warned that a mutated variant of the virus, up to 70 per cent more transmissible, had been identified in the country. Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman closed their borders completely.
Several other nations have suspended travel from Britain including France, Germany, Italy,

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First Published: Dec 22 2020 | 2:16 AM IST

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