New COVID-19 headache: More virulent UK strain found in three air passengers

Authorities are on the alert after a more virulent form of COVID-19 has been detected in the Kingdom.

The government reported yesterday that the strain which originated from the UK was detected in three foreigners who flew into Cambodia from India and China.

According to a statement released by the Ministry of Health yesterday, the new variant was identified by Institut Pasteur du Cambodge as 20I/501Y.V1, VOC 202012/01, and B.1.1.7, which now has emerged with a large number of mutations.

The UK variant reportedly spreads more rapidly and is associated with increased risk of death.

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