BERLIN: The brand new coronavirus pressure sweeping Britain has been in Germany since November, well being officers mentioned Tuesday, after detecting the variant in a affected person who died within the north of the nation. Researchers had been “capable of […]
BERLIN: The brand new coronavirus pressure sweeping Britain has been in Germany since November, well being officers mentioned Tuesday, after detecting the variant in a affected person who died within the north of the nation.
Researchers had been “capable of sequence the variant of the B1.1.7 virus in an individual contaminated in November this yr”, the well being ministry of Decrease Saxony mentioned in a press release referring to the new pressure.
This is identical pressure “liable for a big proportion of the infections detected within the south of England,” it mentioned.
The variant was present in an aged affected person with underlying well being circumstances who has since died. His spouse was additionally contaminated however survived.
The couple caught the virus after their daughter returned from a visit to Britain in mid-November, the place she “in all probability” grew to become contaminated with the brand new pressure, the assertion mentioned.
Groups from the Hannover Medical College (MHH) had been capable of determine the brand new pressure after sequencing the genome.
The outcomes had been then confirmed by a workforce at Berlin’s Charite hospital, which included high German virologist Christian Drosten.
Germany had beforehand reported just one case of the brand new pressure, in a lady who flew in from London on Thursday.
Britain sounded the alarm earlier this month over the variant, which authorities say is considerably extra contagious.
Issues over the pressure have prompted many international locations to droop journey to and from Britain.
It has since been detected in a number of different nations, together with Portugal, France, Jordan and South Korea.
Germany has banned arrivals from the UK by street, sea and air till January 6.