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A 'super-contagious' strain of Covid has infiltrated Wales and Scotland, top scientists have warned.
Experts fear the varied newly-discovered version of the virus is believed to have grown in the south east of England.
Scientists assisting the Government’s surveillance programme have claimed that the VUI- 202012/01 mutated strain of the killer virus is spreading fast.
It has now been found as far as Wales and Scotland, The Mirror reported.
Their comments came at a press briefing which suggested it has now moved through the breadth of Britain.
Prof Tom Connor, of Cardiff University, said: “In terms of in terms of geographic spread within the UK I mean, this virus spreads.
“It’s what it does and one of the reasons why we have lockdowns and why we have social distancing is because when people move around they you know you can take the virus with them.
He added: “It’s quite clear that it has spread beyond that and it is it is spreading into other parts of the country.”
Experts previously warned that one in ten Londoners coming down with Covid-19 were found to have had the new strain.
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Health Secretary Matt Hancock said this week that the new variant "may be associated with the faster spread in the South of England".
The Cabinet minister, in an update to MPs, said initial analysis of the new strain shows it is "growing faster than the existing variants", but is no more deadly.
Scientists also believe that the vaccines will work against the new strain, according to reports.
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It comes amid piling pressure on Downing Street to not relax rules over Christmas as planned.
Michael Gove is charing a meeting this afternoon to discuss the UK-wide approach that was agreed a fortnight ago.
Senior medics have called for a rethink of the relaxation plans, with a joint editorial being published between the British Medical Journal and the Health Service Journal.
The Government was urged to protect the NHS by scrapping the “rash” plans to allow households to mix.
According to reports, options under consideration include restricting the relaxed period from five to three days, and reducing the number of households that can mix.
A Whitehall source told The Guardian that changes wold be announced “sooner rather than later”.
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