More European countries report cases of new COVID variant

In Europe, more cases of the new Covid variant have been found. Spain is the latest European country to confirm four cases of the more contagious coronavirus variant recently identified in the UK.

Madrid deputy health chief Antonio Zapatero said, the infections – all in Madrid – were linked to recent UK travel.

Other countries have also reported cases of the new variant. Japan on Friday confirmed five infections in passengers who had all arrived from the UK, while cases in Denmark, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Australia were reported earlier.

The report from Spain came just hours after France confirmed its first patient known to have the new variant.

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