The UK is no longer the only country that has to deal with the new strain of COVID-19. A Tier 4 level of restrictions was imposed lately, urging almost half of the UK’s population to leave the house only for basic needs like medical care, work (if it’s impossible to do it remotely), and buy food, etc. Furthermore, public places such as pools, hairdressers, gyms, and stores that sell nonessential items have been shutdown.
While there’s no reason to believe for the moment that the new strain of the coronavirus is more deadly, what’s for sure is that it spreads significantly faster than the older variant. The UK is dealing with over 30,000 cases of COVID-19 infections per day since around the middle of December. There’s also a total death toll of over 70,000 people in the country.
The new coronavirus strain arrives in Asia and Canada
Nytimes.com writes that Japan, France, Sweden, Spain, and Canada are the newest countries to discover COVID-19 infections with the new strain that was first reported in the UK. Although the numbers of new infections are small, they are mostly linked to travel from Britain.
The British variant of the coronavirus has been diagnosed for seven people from Japan. All of those citizens had either travelled to Britain recently or got in contact with someone who did. The discovery prompted Japan to close its borders for any non-resident foreigners. The ban will last from Monday midnight and through the end of January.
The entire European Union authorized the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, and many people had been waiting for the moment for months. The most affected European countries by the pandemic are Russia, France, the UK, Spain, Italy, and so on.