New Strains of Covid 19


South African variant

The South African variant of Covid has now been found in eight areas of England. 105 cases have been identified. Of them, 11 cases cannot be directly linked to people who had travelled to South Africa. The strain was first identified in December and appears to spread more rapidly than the original virus. It carries mutations that allow it to bind more easily to human cells and hence infecting them.


It is not clear if the South Africa strain is more deadly, however, the discovery of the new

variant in the community not linked to travellers has prompted the launch of “surge testing” yesterday in the London boroughs of Merton, Haringey and Ealing, as well as Hertfordshire, Surrey, Kent, Walsall, Sefton. The government has now sent mobile testing units and home testing kits to these areas for door to door testing.


UK Variant

The UK variant is spreading rapidly in the UK. It has become the dominant strain in cases of COVID-19 in southern England, and has caused a significant increase in hospitalisation rates around London, the South East and eastern England.


The UK variant has been found to be up to 70% more transmissible than the previously

dominant strain in the UK but it is not necessarily more deadly. It was first seen in the UK in September, and by the week of December 9 in London, 62% of COVID-19 cases were due to the new variant. It has now been found in Europe and is spreading globally.


What does this mean for you?

Travel is now restricted from several southern African countries and the current lockdown also states that you must not travel abroad. If you have to travel, check for rules and restrictions on the government website. Government’s advice is:


If you live in the targeted areas, take a test even if you do not have symptoms.

For people who do not live in these areas, take a test immediately if you have

symptoms.


Both vaccine manufactures confirmed that their vaccines will protect against the UK variant and should protect against the South African variant but more test is needed. Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated however, that it may be possible to adapt the vaccines to deal with new variants if necessary. Because of this, please continue to follow strict hygiene practises to keep you and your families safe.


新 變 種 冠 狀 病 毒


南非變種病毒

英國在8個地區發現了新的南非變種病毒。在105宗病案中有11宗是沒有接觸過曾到過

南非的人仕。南非變種病毒在去年12月發現,亦似乎能快速傳播。這變種病毒能更易

與人體細胞結合和感染。


雖沒有証據顯示南非變種病毒是較為危險,但由於擔憂這變種病毒可能已在社區中傳

播,所以政府馬上在發現變種病毒的地區內進行大規模每家每戶的病毒檢測。在倫敦

區的有Merton, Haringey and Ealing地區,倫敦區外有Hertfordshire, Surrey, Kent, Walsall

及 Sefton等地區.


英國變種病毒

這變種病毒的傳播速度較之前的病毒快了百份之七十倍,已在英國東南部和倫敦區快速

傳播,成為感染新病案的主要殺手,令到感染數字急速飊升。變種病毒在去年9月開始

出現,到12月9日為止,百份之六十的新感染數字都是因它所致。現時在歐洲及全球也

發現了這變種病毒。


變種病毒對你的影響

政府制定了往來非洲南部的旅遊限制。現時的封城規則也指明除非不得已,否則市民

不應出遊,你可前往政府網址查看更多的資料。英國政府指:


若你是在以上地區居住,不管你有沒有症狀都應馬上進行檢測。

在這些地區以外,如你有症狀也應馬上進行檢測。


現時正在英國接種的兩間疫苗製造商確實疫苗能有效預防英國變種病毒,也應能預防

南非變種病毒但這需要進一步測試。英國首相約翰遜稱如有需要,疫苗是可以被調整

以更有效預防變種病毒。你亦應繼續遵守公共衛生規則以保障你及你的家人的安全。


新 变 种 冠 状 病 毒

南非变种病毒

英国在8个地区发现了新的南非变种病毒。 在105宗病案中有11宗是没有接触过曾到过

南非的人仕。 南非变种病毒在去年12月发现,亦似乎能快速传播。 这变种病毒能更易

与人体细胞结合和感染。


虽没有证据显示南非变种病毒是较为危险,但由于担忧这变种病毒可能已在社区中传

播,所以政府马上在发现变种病毒的地区内进行大规模每家每户的病毒检测。 在伦敦

区的有Merton, Haringey and Ealing地区,伦敦区外有Hertfordshire, Surrey, Kent, Walsall

及 Sefton等地区.


英国变种病毒

这变种病毒的传播速度较之前的病毒快了百份之七十倍,已在英国东南部和伦敦区快

速传播,成为感染新病案的主要杀手,令到感染数字急速飊升。 变种病毒在去年9月

开始出现,到12月9日为止,百份之六十的新感染数字都是因它所致。 现时在欧洲及

全球也发现了这变种病毒。


变种病毒对你的影响

政府制定了往来非洲南部的旅游限制。 现时的封城规则也指明除非不得已,否则市民

不应出游,你可前往政府网址查看更多的资料。 英国政府指:


若你是在以上地区居住,不管你有没有症状都应马上进行检测。

在这些地区以外,如你有症状也应马上进行检测。


现时正在英国接种的两间疫苗制造商确实疫苗能有效预防英国变种病毒,也应能预防

南非变种病毒但这需要进一步测试。 英国首相约翰逊称如有需要,疫苗是可以被调整

以更有效预防变种病毒。 你亦应继续遵守公共卫生规则以保障你及你的家人的安全。

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