British variant of COVID now dominant in Cyprus: health ministry

British variant of COVID now dominant in Cyprus: health ministry

Today·2021-04-09 20:02

NICOSIA - A highly contagious variant of COVID-19 first identified in Britain is now predominant in Cyprus, its health ministry said on Friday, linking it to a recent surge in infections.

The ministry said all 111 positive samples taken in March and sent to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control were found to be the variant known as B.1.1.7, which was first discovered in Britain late last year.

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