South Korea recognizes first cases of coronavirus variants

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The new strain of the virus appeared in the UK earlier this month. (Representative)

Seoul, South Korea:

Three cases of a particularly infectious coronavirus variant that recently emerged in the UK have been confirmed in South Korea, health officials said on Monday.

The three people are members of a London-based family who arrived in the country on Dec. 22, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency.

They have been in isolation since testing positive for Covid-19 upon arrival, the KDCA statement said.

The new strain of the virus appeared in the UK earlier this month and has already reached several European countries as well as Canada, Jordan and Japan.

The new strain, which experts believe is more contagious, caused more than 50 countries to impose travel restrictions on the UK.

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South Korea was among them, blocking flights from the UK until the end of the year.

South Korean authorities are also investigating the case of an elderly South Korean man who tested positive for Covid-19 posthumously after returning from the UK earlier this month.

The announcement came as a third wave of the virus hit the country, with a resurgence in the greater Seoul area with daily cases rising to over 1,000 multiple times despite stricter distancing measures.

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