A new strain of coronavirus has been discovered in English Yorkshire, and there is no evidence of its greater contagion than the known variants, said Greg Fell, head of the Sheffield Health Authority.
“We are monitoring the spread of the VUI-21MAY-01 strain and are carefully localizing the outbreak, as we have done in other cases. There is no evidence that this strain has a greater ability to be transmitted than previously found in Britain and other countries, and there is no evidence that the vaccines used may be less effective against it,” Fell told reporters.
He asked people not to panic and assured them that the recommended sanitary measures are quite enough to reduce the likelihood of infection.
“Please don’t be alarmed. We want you to continue doing what you have been doing for the past year. Follow the recommendations, continue to wash your hands regularly, and wear masks indoors,” the head of the department added.
According to him, there are currently 49 cases of infection with the new strain, all of them in Yorkshire and the Humber region (on the border with East Yorkshire).