Latest updates on SARS-CoV-2 variants detected in the UK
April 17, England: Public Health England (PHE) releases weekly updates on the number of confirmed new cases of variants of concern and variants under investigation identified in the UK.
The dominant variant continues to be VOC-20DEC-01 (B.1.1.7) and PHE will continue to monitor all variants closely. The best way to stop the spread of the virus is to remember: hands, face, space and follow the restrictions in place.
New Variant Under Investigation (VUI) designated
A new variant has been designated a Variant Under Investigation (VUI) by PHE.
The variant, first detected in India, includes a number of mutations including E484Q, L452R, and P681R.
PHE has identified 77 cases of this variant in the UK and all appropriate public health interventions will be undertaken, including enhanced contact tracing.
This variant has been designated VUI-21APR-01. PHE and international partners continue to monitor the situation closely.
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