Italy has detected a patient infected with the coronavirus mutated strain that first appeared in
Britain, becoming the fifth country to record a case outside the UK.
The Italian Ministry of Health said the Italian patient had flown to Rome from the United Kingdom in the last few days with his partner, who had not tested positive. The pair are isolating themselves now.
In Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia, and Belgium, the mutated Covid virus is said to be up to 70% more contagious than normal Covid and has been spotted.
On Monday morning, the French Health Minister said it was ‘entirely plausible’ that the virus variant was already circulating in France despite studies not picking it up yet, while the First Minister of Northern Ireland said it was ‘probable’ that the strain was also there.
As part of an international crackdown to monitor the mutant virus, more than a dozen
nations, including France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, and Canada, have banned travel to and from the UK.