New Delhi (NVI): The World Health Organization (WHO) has informed that the new coronavirus variant has already been identified in eight European countries and the organization is continuing to monitor the situation.
WHO’s Regional Director for Europe Hans Kluge took to Twitter to share the information about the new COVID-19 variant.
He also warned that the new strain seems to be spreading among younger age groups unlike the previous strains and stressed upon the need to boost the protective measures.
“8 countries in the @WHO_Europe region have now identified the new COVID19 variant VOC-202012/01. It is vital to strengthen existing protective measures: distancing/masks/staying in core support bubbles. WHO is continuing to monitor & will provide updates solidarity is key,” Kluge tweeted.
The variant also seems to be spreading among younger age groups unlike previous strains. Vigilance is important while research is ongoing to define its impact #UnitedActionForBetterHealth
— Hans Kluge (@hans_kluge) December 25, 2020
“The variant also seems to be spreading among younger age groups unlike previous strains. Vigilance is important while research is ongoing to define its impact,” he said in another tweet.
Earlier this month, the new variant of the novel coronavirus was discovered first in the United Kingdom, which is said to be 70 percent more transmissible than the existing strain.
Meanwhile, around 40 countries have imposed new UK travel restrictions following the emergence of the new strain to contain its further spread.