UK investigates newly detected Covid-19 variant

UK investigates newly detected Covid-19 variant

UK investigates newly detected Covid-19 variant

A new variant of Covid-19 has been detected in the UK and is under investigation, Public Health England (PHE) said on Friday.

So far, there have been 16 cases linked to the Kappa B.1.621 mutation, with the majority of cases linked to international travel. There is no evidence of community transmission in the UK, PHE said.

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The variant was first detected in Colombia in January 2021, said the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, which has listed it as a variant of interest.

PHE said the variant was first spotted in the country on Wednesday.