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  • The new variation allegedly arose in Britain.
  • The first patient in China with the new variation is a 23-year-elderly person from Shanghai.
  • She had shown up from Britain on December 14.

BEIJING: China has announced its first instance of the new Covid variation that was first identified in Britain, wellbeing authorities affirmed on Thursday.

The new strain, which specialists state conceivably spreads quicker than the first variation, has provoked travel limitations on the UK by more than 50 countries —including China, where the Covid first arose late last year.

The first patient in China with the new variation is a 23-year-elderly person from Shanghai who showed up from Britain on December 14, the Chinese Center for Disease Control said in an examination note distributed Wednesday.

She was hospitalized on appearance as she demonstrated mellow manifestations. Wellbeing specialists directed a hereditary sequencing of her test tests on December 24 ‘because of movement history from the UK and irregularities in nucleic basic analysis results’,” the China CDC said.

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The patient was found to have a strain different to those found in Shanghai or Wuhan earlier, and further testing confirmed it was the variant known as B.1.1.7 that has been spreading in the UK since October.

Health authorities have carried out contact-tracing, the CDC statement added.

China suspended direct flights to and from Britain indefinitely on December 24 because of the new strain.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the new variant “may be up to 70% more contagious than the first form of the disease”.

But there is no proof so far to recommend that contamination with the new variation is bound to prompt an extreme instance of Covid-19 or increment the danger of death.

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