China reports first UK Covid-19 variant case
Published: 09:04 PM, 31 December 2020
China has suspended flights to and from Britain indefinitely due to the new Covid-19 variant
China has reported the first case of the Covid-19 variant which was recently detected in Britain, health officials said.
China’s first Covid-19 variant case-patient is a 23-year-old woman from Shanghai who arrived from Britain on December 14, the Chinese Centre for Disease Control (CDC) said in a statement issued on Wednesday.
According to the China CDC, the patient was hospitalized on arrival as she showed mild symptoms. The health experts conducted a genetic sequencing of her test samples on December 24 “due to travel history from the UK and abnormalities in nucleic acid test results”.
The patient was found to have a strain different to those found in Shanghai or Wuhan earlier, and further testing confirmed it was the variant known as B.1.1.7 that has been spreading in the UK since October.
Health authorities have carried out contact-tracing, the CDC statement added.
China, where the coronavirus first emerged late last year, suspended direct flights to and from Britain indefinitely on December 24 due to the new strain which spreads faster than the original variant, resulting in the travel ban on the UK by more than 50 countries.