Everything we know about the UK’s novel, emergent strain of COVID-19

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As a new COVID-19 strain emerges in the southeast of England that appears to be more infectious than previous strains, what do we know about this version of the virus so far?

What is it and when did it first emerge?

It is a new strain of the SARS-CoV-2, that is expected to be more infectious than the previous dominant strain of the virus. It is referred to as the B.1.1.7 lineage of the virus or VUI-202012/01. The first strain of this new variant was detected 20 September 2020 in Kent in the southeast of England with another detected in London (UK) the following day.

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