Rising cases of Brazilian and South African variants have added to concerns over imported variants
The growing wave of coronavirus infections in Europe has been largely driven by the arrival of the more transmissible Kent variant. In essence, countries such as France and Germany are facing the situation Britain endured at the end of last year: within a few months of the Kent variant emerging in September it had torn across the UK and become dominant. Its increased transmissibility, and probable greater lethality, added to the death toll in Britain’s second wave. The variant is now spreading in Europe and other parts of the world.
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