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New SARS-CoV-2 variant

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    • Data from Whole Genome Sequencing, epidemiology and modelling suggest the new variant ‘VUI – 202012/01’ (the first Variant Under Investigation in December 2020) transmits more easily than other strains.

    • Currently have no evidence that the variant is more likely to cause severe disease or mortality, but we are continuing investigations to understand this better.

    • The way to control this virus is the same, whatever the variant. It will not spread if we avoid close contact with others. Wash your hands, wear a mask, keep your distance from others, and reduce your social contacts.