Vietnam was the latest nation to report a case on Saturday which authorities found in a woman collected after a recent trip from the United Kingdom.
More than 30 countries have reported cases of the highly-variable UK version of the novel coronavirus, anticipating an increase in the global spread of the virus, even as vaccination programs in countries begin to go uncontrolled in the new year.
Vietnam was the latest nation to report a case on Saturday which authorities found in a woman collected after a recent trip from the United Kingdom. Vietnam has banned almost all international travel, but it is providing repatriation flights for stranded civilians in Britain
Turkey reported its first 15 cases of the UK version on Friday, which were found in recent travelers to the UK, with Turkish authorities issuing a temporary ban on entries from there. Turkey, along with several other countries, suspended flights between the United Kingdom in late December.
At least three US states have identified variant cases. However, public health officials say that it is already spreading in the United States due to genetic sequencing of coronaviruses.
The United States leads the world in coronovirus cases and deaths, although the widespread spread of the rapidly spreading form of the virus will likely lead to an even greater outbreak, putting further pressure on the nation’s already pervasive health care system.
In recent weeks, British authorities have imposed strict lockdowns on millions of people, as first documented at the end of September, due to increased infections. Until now, scientists do not think that the virus’s fast-spreading form is more deadly or vaccine resistant.
As the global transition continues to accelerate, Ireland has recently gone from being the fastest growing at the lowest per capita rate of per capita to the European Union, the Guardian reported.
“The virus is now widespread in the community,” said Paul Reid, CEO of Ireland’s Health Services on Friday. “Everyone is at extreme risk of contracting the virus.”
But Philip Nolan, head of Ireland’s Covid-19 modeling group, told national news broadcaster RTE on Saturday that according to the latest available genetic analysis the UK version represents 5% and 17% current affairs.
However, new infections will continue to grow as Nolan predicted, as he attributed the current boom to social growth over the Christmas holiday.
“Right now we believe the UK version is at a relatively low level, even with that small sample,” he said. “We saw a more intense level of socialization and viral broadcasting over Christmas than we might expect and that’s what is taking us to a truly precarious position.”
The withdrawal of the lockout in many communities worldwide is in stark contrast to the potential rollout of vaccines in some countries.
Since the beginning of its efforts in late December, Israel has provided two coronavirus vaccine shots to more than one million of its citizens. In contrast, the United States vaccinated some 2.8 million people as of December 30, 20 million people by the end of the year in the fall of President Trump’s oath.
Despite widespread expectations that vaccines would turn the tide of the epidemic, it would still take months for initial shots to kick in and vaccines would be available months ago in most communities and countries in the world, especially for poor people. Adding to the concerns, significant percentages of many populations have reported hesitating around injecting fast-tracked vaccines, while health experts worry about the impact of disinfection campaigns made public by taking it.
As the United Kingdom tries to incorporate the UK version, health officials have also devalued some of the initial vaccination plans.
On Wednesday, British health officials said they would prefer to give the first shot to more people, to ensure comprehensive, partial protection from the virus, and in return delay in providing a second injection, only after which the vaccine is most effective.