The new UK strain of SARS-CoV-2 is already circulating in half of the counties, national health body says


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The new SARS-CoV-2 from UK is already circulating in half of Romania’s counties and it is highly likely to seize the entire country, says the National Institute of Public Health in a report on the first 136 cases of infection with this new strain officially confirmed in Romania.

Moreover, in over half of the cases  with the UK strain confirmed in our country, “the epidemiological link” -where the virus has been caught of- has not been identified.

“For this reason, combined efforts are needed for the genome sequencing and for the results to be communicated to the Public Health Directorates and to the National Center of Monitoring and Control of Communicable Diseases as soon as possible after the conclusion of the lab tests, to enable the quick epidemiological inquiries and to enforce the restrictions towards contacts, considering the high transmissibility of this strain and, according to the latest evidence from UK, the severity of the disease among elderly,” says the INSP analysis.

Those 136 cases officially confirmed so far in Romania with the B.1.1.7 strain, known as the UK strain were in: Argeș (2), Bucharest (80), Bihor (1), Brăila (1), Botoșani (4), Caraș-Severin (2), Cluj (9), Constanța (1), Covasna (1), Galați (2), Giurgiu (1), Gorj (2), Hunedoara (1), Ilfov (5), Mureș (1), Prahova (1), Suceava (5), Timiș (11), Vâlcea (4), Vrancea (1), Vaslui (1).

The most infections with the new UK strain were reported among people aged from 45 to 54. Most of the cases (95.6%) occurred among people older than 25. Two cases were reported in the case of babies under 1yo, with both coming from family outbreaks of COVID-19.

As for the age and gender groups, a high number of cases were reported in men aged from 55 to 64 and in women aged 25 to 34.

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