The new “Delta Plus” Covid variant “more transmissible” than the original has been detected in the UK with 41 cases being monitored.
Delta Plus has been found in nine other countries – USA, India, Portugal, Switzerland, Japan, Poland, Nepal, Russia and China.
PHE is not calling it “Delta Plus”, and said the World Health Organisation is considering it simply part of Delta, but is monitoring the cases.
Brits will find out crucial updates to the green and amber travel lists tomorrow – and quarantine-free holidays to Spain, Greece and Italy could be back on by August.
Covid cases in the UK today jumped by 16,135 – the highest number of new infections in almost five months.
The total number of cases since the pandemic began now stands at 4,667,870.
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