The news was announced on Monday afternoon in the House of Commons by Secretary of State for Health Matt Hancock.
He explained the UK has detected 103 cases of the variant which was first found in India.
“We’ve recently seen a new variant first identified in India. We’ve now detected 103 cases of this new variant of which the vast majority have links to international travel and have been picked up by our testing at the border,” said the health secretary.
“We’ve been analysing samples from these cases to see if the variant has any concerning characteristics like greater transmissibility or resistance to treatment and vaccines meaning that it needs to be listed as a variant of concern.
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