The new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 corona virus which was first discovered in the UK is said to be more contagious.
Chairman of the Covid-19 Task Force for the Executive Board of the Indonesian Doctors Association (PB IDI), Zubairi Djoerban, said the new variant of the B117 corona virus could reach 71 percent faster.
Even so, he said the new variant of the corona virus was no more deadly.
“We see that this new virus is transmitted 71 percent faster than the previous virus. That is what we must remember. Experts also believe that the B117 virus is contagious, but not deadlier,” said Zubairi, Tuesday (29/12/2020).
This mutation of the virus, which was found in Britain, has spread to a number of countries, including the Asian continent.
Here are six countries in Asia that have reported cases of a new variant of the corona virus:
India has reported six cases of the coronavirus which first emerged in the UK. All six patients were infected
the virus returned to India from the UK. India’s Health Ministry said that all identified cases had been quarantined.
“All these patients are quarantined in a single isolation room in a health care facility designated by the respective State Government,” said the Indian Health Ministry.
Meanwhile, people who had close contact with the patient have also been quarantined. Now, Indian health authorities are closely watching the discovery of this new variant.
On 23 December 2020, the Singapore Ministry of Health confirmed one case of the new mutation of the corona virus from the UK.
The new variant of the virus infected a 17-year-old Singaporean student returning from England. The patient arrived in Singapore on 6 December 2020.