#Corona new strain

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
According to experts, it is natural for viruses to mutate over time. (Photo credit: Representational/ Pixabay)

  • WHO said that more efforts are needed to deal with the new variants of coronavirus
  • The name of the UK variant is B.1.1.7
  • The South African variant is called B.1.351 variant

.London, UK
EU chief Ursula von der Leyen said on Wednesday that Europe’s race to produce COVID-19 vaccine must speed up to scientific breakthroughs and surpass emerging virus variants. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@vonderleyen)

  • EU on behalf of all EU countries had made mistakes in acquiring vaccines: Ursula von der Leyen
  • This was von der Leyen's  first public admissions to Europe, outside of some select media interviews
  • European scientists are unaware of the effectiveness of vaccines against the emerging coronavirus’ new mutant strain

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
Asian markets rose on Monday, rebounding from a sell-off at the end of last week as investors keep tabs on the progress of Joe Biden's new US economic rescue package.(Photo credit: AFP)

  • Lawmakers in Washington are working on $1.9 trillion stimulus proposal from the new President
  • They could pass something before the impeachment trial of Donald Trump is held
  • The Federal Reserve, with investors wanting to know plans, will host a meeting this week

.London, UK
Boris Johnson has a humongous task at hand. (Credit: AP / PTI)

  • Chief government scientist Patrick Vallance is of the opinion that  the new variant could be around 30% more deadly
  • Britain is in the grip of its third and worst wave of the virus
  • More than 38,500 people are in hospital with COVID-19

.Geneva, Switzerland
The British-identified variant VOC 202012/01 was first found on December 14. (Photo Credit: Representational Image/Pixabay)

  • Test results showed the age and sex distribution was similar to that of other circulating variants
  • South African-identified variant 501Y.V2 was first reported on December 18
  • New coronavirus "variant of concern" found in Japan may impact upon immune response

.Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo has recorded 289,000 cases and 4,061 deaths. (Photo Credit: Unsplash)

  • A new strain of coronavirus was detected in four travellers from Brazil's Amazon state in Japan
  • Ongoing studies have shown that the virus might not be as infectious as the new strain found in Britain
  • Tokyo has declared a state of emergency in Tokyo as the number of cases surge

.England, UK
The new COVID mutations emerged in Britain and South Africa. (Photo credit: Representative/unsplash)

  • All viruses mutate when they replicate in order to adapt to their environment
  • Scientists have tracked multiple mutations of Sars-CoV-2 since it appeared in China in late 2019
  • Studies on the South African variant have also concluded it is more contagious than regular Sars-CoV-2

With infection numbers growing across Britain, there are concerns whether the Premier League season can be completed on schedule. (Photo: Twitter/@AVFCOfficial)

  • Aston Villa were forced to close their training ground on Thursday
  • under-23s coach Mark Delaney is expected to oversee a side made up of under-18 and under-23 players
  • Villa are due to face Tottenham on Wednesday and are then up against Everton on January 16

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
All the 38 persons are in physical isolation in health facilities(Image representative/Pixabay)

  • On Friday, January 1, the number stood at 29
  • 'The situation is under careful watch', the Health Ministry said
  • The ICMR has said that India has successfully cultured the new UK COVID-19 strain

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said that the flights between India and the UK will resume from January 8. (Photo credit: PTI)

  • Flight operations between India and the UK were suspended
  • Aviation Ministry said the flight operations will resume in the second week on January
  • Operations till January 23 will be restricted to 15 flights per week, the ministry further said