New strain of coronavirus in 8 European countries
A new variant of the coronavirus named VOC-202012/01 has been recently detected in 8 European countries. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has now called for more preventive measures to counter the situation.
- Contrary to the previous strains of COVID-19 seems to spread in younger age groups.
- This new variant of the coronavirus is more transmissible as compared to the existing variants.
- This new variant was first detected in the United Kingdom.
- On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organisation declared COVID-19 as a pandemic.
- As of now, there are 79,712,010 global cases of coronavirus, and 1,747,790 deaths have been reported as per the Johns Hopkins University.
- The United States is the most affected country with COVID-19. The US is followed by India and Brazil.
World Health Organisation (WHO)
It is a specialized UN agency that looks after international public health. The organization was established in the year 1948 and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.
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