More than a thousand cases of infection with the new variant of coronavirus have been discovered in the past few days in England, mostly in the south of the country, where it could be related to the jump in the number of infected, Health Minister Matt Hancock said on Monday.

“We have identified a new variant of the coronavirus that could be linked to faster spread in the south-east of England,” Hancock said in an address to parliament.

–  The initial analysis suggests that this variant is growing faster than the existing variants – he added.

–  I must point out at this point that there is nothing to suggest that a new variant is more likely to cause a more serious form of the disease, and the latest clinical information is that it is very unlikely that this mutation would not respond to the vaccine – he added.

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