France closed the border to the UK Monday, December 21, firstly stopping cargo from travelling from Dover to Calais, before imposing travel restrictions on travellers.
In addition to this first case, several other positive samples that "may suggest the VOC 202012/01 variant are being sequenced" by the specialist laboratories of the national Pasteur Institute, the statement added. About two-thirds of those tests, health officials say, could represent infections of the new strain.
As a new variant of the coronavirus on Saturday was detected in Canada and Sweden.
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He said the suspect tried to hide his weapons before his arrest, and that he was apprehended without officers firing a shot. The mass shooting takes the number of homicides in Rockford this year to 35, making it the deadliest year on record.
People who develop the mutation do not become sicker than the "normal" variant.
It comes after Japan on Friday confirmed its first five cases of the new, faster-spreading variant in passengers arriving from the UK.
British Health Secretary Matt Hancock had said on Dec.14 that a spike in COVID cases in the United Kingdom might have been linked to the new variant of the virus in the country.
Experts fear the new strain of the virus is more contagious. Almost a third died in nursing homes, so the government chose to give the vaccine to the elderly first, as well as at-risk medical workers.
On 22 December, Dr Susan Hopkins of Public Health England said there was no evidence that the new variant was causing a disproportionate number of hospital admissions. It will continue certain travel restrictions through at least January 6.