The Department of Health convenes an urgent meeting on Monday to discuss the new strain of coronavirus in the UK, according to India News

NEW DELHI: The Union Ministry of Health convened an urgent meeting of its joint monitoring group on Monday to discuss the emergence of a mutated variant of the coronavirus in the UK, which has led to an increase in the rate of infection there.
A number of European countries have banned flights from the UK when the UK government warned the potent new strain of the virus was “out of control” and imposed a tough new home ban starting Sunday.

“The Joint Monitoring Group (JMG), chaired by the Director General for Health Services (DGHS), will hold a meeting on Monday morning to discuss the problem of the mutated variant of the coronavirus reported from the UK. The Indian representative of the WHO, Dr. Roderico H. Ofrin, whoever is a member of the JMG will likely be attending the meeting, “a source told PTI.
A spike in the rate of infection caused by the new variant of the coronavirus has resulted in a strict new home-stay ban in the UK as of Sunday. Non-essential shops and businesses are now closed.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the new rules on Saturday evening at a briefing at 10 Downing Street. This means that a planned five-day “Christmas bubble” with relaxed rules has been removed in favor of a new level 4 to the current level 3. Animal lockdown system to control the surge in infections caused by the deadly virus’ new mutation.
“It seems that the new variant of the virus is now driving the spread,” Johnson said.
“We have alerted the World Health Organization and are continuing to analyze the available data to improve our understanding,” said Professor Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer for England.
“There is currently no evidence that the new strain is causing a higher death rate or affecting vaccines and treatments, although urgent work is being done to confirm this,” he said.

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