A more contagious British variant of the coronavirus is advancing further in Europe and beyond. Now Ireland also reports that the mutation has surfaced in the country. The Irish authorities hope to have more clarity about the spread of the mutated virus in the country in the near future.
In Europe it had previously been found in the Netherlands and Germany, among others. The highly contagious mutation was first detected in England recently. According to British scientists, this variant does not appear to make it any more sicker or deadlier.
Japan reported at least five cases of the British mutant earlier on Friday. Lebanon followed with the discovery of the mutated version by a Lebanese who had flown from London to Beirut on 21 December. His condition would be stable.
Many countries announced a ban on travel to the UK for fear of the new variant.