The variant has also been detected in France, Denmark, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany and Italy.
In Canada, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer announced on Saturday that they did Two cases confirmed, The first discovery of the variant in North America. The patient, who is a couple, had no known travel history, which means it may have been a case of community spread.
While the United States has not reported a case yet, experts say the cause is most likely the condition of the nation Very low rate of genetic sequencing From the virus to check for such changes, even though Americans are leading the world in coronavirus infections and deaths.
Starting Monday, the US government will require all travelers from Britain to show evidence of a negative coronavirus test taken within 72 hours of leaving the plane. Early in the pandemic, the United States banned travelers from China and the European Union, among other countries, although the virus was already spreading widely at that point undetected due to limited US testing.
Japan on Saturday temporarily banned all foreign nationals except those with residency from entering the country from Monday through the end of January. Japan reported its first case of the British virus on Friday amid a new wave of coronavirus cases in Tokyo. Japan said five patients discovered with the variant had all traveled from the United Kingdom, which Japan banned travel from last week.
Countries across Europe and other continents began banning or restricting travelers from the UK last week in response to the alternative. Since then, some, such as France, have returned near a complete closure of the border Extensive disturbances In trade and travel.
France initially closed its borders to all travelers from the United Kingdom, but on Wednesday it began letting European Union citizens pass through. However, the border closures have led to a massive backlog of cargo trucks, leaving thousands of drivers stranded on Christmas Day near the border waiting for coronavirus test results so they can cross the English Channel back to France.
Elsewhere, hopes are temporarily raised. Hungary on Saturday became the first member of the European Union to start vaccinating, a day before France, Germany and Spain, among other countries, which will start vaccinating populations at high risk on Sunday.
Scientists are closely following news of another type of virus that was first discovered in South Africa, and experts say it also appears to be highly transmissible. British health officials have documented cases of the South African species in the United Kingdom.