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12/21/2020, 8:43 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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UK min: New virus strain already elsewhere

United Kingdom Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps (pictured) said on Monday that the government is confident that the recently discovered strain of the coronavirus in the country is "elsewhere already."

Speaking in an interview for Sky News, he noted that the UK conducts a "very, very large amount of [coronavirus] genome sequencing... nearly half of the total sequencing in the world," adding that all variants of the virus are being tracked "quite quickly" and that the "the reality is" that the new strain is "ready to be found in several other European countries, for example." Although France has "gone a step or two further than other countries" when it came to UK travel suspension, they did it "quite rightly, wanting to be precautionary" about the entire situation, Shapps stressed.

The travel suspension will not "have an impact" on coronavirus vaccine deliveries to Britain, the government official underscored.

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