New Covid variant LIVE: Everything you need to know about Pirola as new strain spreads

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New Covid variant LIVE: Everything you need to know about Pirola as new strain spreads

The new Covid variant Pirola is currently spreading in the UK, with cases identified in most regions.The variant was first identified in August and, a

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The new Covid variant Pirola is currently spreading in the UK, with cases identified in most regions.

The variant was first identified in August and, according to the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), as of 18 September, 137 cases have been sequenced in 15 countries: Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Portugal, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the US. 

As of 18 September, there were 54 confirmed cases in the UK – 48 in England and six in Scotland. No cases have been identified in Wales or Northern Ireland, as of yet. 

Of the 48 cases in England, 30 were identified as part of a single outbreak in a Norfolk care home

A total of 10 cases out of the 48 were hospitalised. No deaths were reported.

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Source: | This article first appeared on Express.co.uk

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