A newly identified variant of the coronavirus has led over 40 countries to impose travel restrictions against the United Kingdom, which registered a record number of daily cases on Tuesday.
“The spread is being driven by the new variant of the virus,” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said over the weekend, announcing tighter restrictions ahead of the Christmas holiday. “It appears to spread more easily and may be up to 70 percent more transmissible than the earlier strain.”
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in London on Monday. (Tolga Akmen/Pool/Reuters)
Much is still unknown about the coronavirus variant found in
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