The outbreak of coronavirus has decreased a lot around the world. Restrictions put in place to combat the deadly virus are now largely non-existent. In this situation, a variant of the coronavirus is now again becoming a cause of concern.
The new variant is called ‘Eris’ and it’s taking off fast in the UK. Health experts are concerned about this incident. NDTV reported this information in a report citing the Indian news agency PTI.
A new strain of the coronavirus is spreading rapidly across the UK and is causing alarm among the country’s health officials, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has said.
According to news agency PTI, the Eg.5.1 variant of the coronavirus is known as Eris and is derived from Omicron, another form of corona. This type of corona was first detected in the UK last month.
According to Hindustan Times, the new variant of Covid-19 is becoming a new threat in the UK. The new strain of Covid was discovered on July 3. Currently, 14 percent of the total number of Covid-19 cases are infected with this type of virus.
Eris has become a cause of concern for the British administration mainly because of the infection rate. Because in just 3 weeks, 14 percent of citizens infected with the virus were infected with this variant.
According to the media, the virus infection started to increase at a rapid rate in this European country from the beginning of last July. One in nine people develop this disease. Besides, the number of people affected by Covid is still increasing in this country.
Recently 4936 people are under the observation of doctors for lung related problems. Currently 5.4 percent of them are infected with Covid. Special treatment has been arranged for them.
According to British media outlet Independent, the new type of corona virus has five common symptoms. They are – runny nose, headache, fatigue, sneezing and sore throat. It seems to be spreading rapidly and recently there has been an increase in the number of corona infections and hospitalizations.
UKHSA head of immunization Dr. Mary Ramsey said, ‘We see an uptick in corona infections in this week’s report. We also saw a slight increase in hospitalization rates, especially among the elderly. Overall hospital admissions are still very low and I don’t see any increase in ICU admissions at present.’
But officials say they are monitoring the situation ‘closely’ as new infections of the corona virus continue to rise.
The head of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said that although people are better protected if they are vaccinated and have been infected with the virus in the past, the restrictions imposed to combat the virus should not be relaxed.
Sky News quoted Ghebreyesus as saying, ‘WHO advises people at high risk to wear masks in crowded places. Apart from this, we are also calling to take the vaccine booster dose when the time is right and ensure adequate ventilation inside the house.
At the same time, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also said that the WHO is requesting countries not to cancel or relax the restrictions previously issued to combat the coronavirus.