FIRST case of the mutant UK Covid variant has been detected in Spain’s Catalonia
The Catalan Health Minister, Alba Verges, has confirmed in an interview with RAC-1 that the first case of the mutant Covid variant, SARS-CoV-2 initially discovered in the UK has been detected in Catalonia. According to the minister, the individual tested positive for the new strain shortly after returning from a trip to the United Kingdom.
“It was only a matter of time,” Verges said, adding that it is “likely” there are more cases of the variant in Catalonia.
The news comes as the region begins to enforce tough new restrictions on Thursday, January 7. Movement between municipalities will be prohibited from Thursday and only shops under 400 metres square will be allowed to open – all shopping centres will be closed and non-essential trade can only be carried out Monday to Friday.
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