The United Kingdom Health Security Agency, UKHSA, on Friday detected the first case of COVID-19 variant BA.2.86 in the country.
UKHSA in a statement on its website, UKHSA disclosed that the new COVID-19 variant was detected in an individual with no recent travel history.
Dr Meera Chand, the Deputy Director of UKHSA said “We are aware of a confirmed case in the UK. We will provide further information in due course after undertaking detailed assessment.”
On Thursday, the US health authorities
and the World Health Organisation, WHO said they were closely monitoring a new variant of Covid-19.
Although, the potential impact of BA.2.86 is currently unknown as WHO designated the virus as a ‘variant under monitoring’ following the large number of mutations it carries.
The BA.2.86 variant has also been identified in Denmark, Israel and the USA.