Sumary of Covid news live: new variant sparks tougher restrictions in India and Singapore ahead of WHO meeting:
- Prof Adam Finn, a member of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), said more needs to be learned about a new variant of the virus which causes Covid-19 to assess the threat it poses, but that new restrictions could not be ruled out.
- PA Media report he told ITV’s Good Morning Britain that a jump in cases in South Africa could be linked to the variant’s enhanced transmissibility.
- South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, Eswatini and Zimbabwe have been put on England’s travel red list, and officials are reviewing a number of travel measures including whether there should be a limited reintroduction of the use of PCR tests for arrivals.
- If you haven’t read it yet, then here is the latest news on the detection of a new variant in South Africa that has been concerning authorities: The World Health Organization will meet on Friday to assess a new variant detected in South Africa that is feared to be the worst Covid-19 variant yet identified.
- Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO’s technical lead on Covid-19, said in a press briefing on Thursday: “We don’t know very much about this [variant] yet.
- In August, similar concerns emerged about a variant in South Africa, known as C.
- Read more here: WHO to assess new highly mutated Covid-19 variant as countries ramp up health checks WHO to assess new highly mutated Covid-19 variant as countries ramp up health checks Hello, it is Martin Belam here in London taking over from my colleague Samantha Lock in Sydney.
- The UK has recorded 303,504 new cases of Covid in the last week.