EUROPEAN countries have shuttered their borders after a mutant coronavirus strain has torn through the UK.
The new strain is 70 per cent more infectious than normal.
It’s thought the new strain – called VUI202012/01 – emerged in London and the South East as early as September, Sir Patrick Vallance said at a Downing Street briefing.
Supermarkets face shortages and vaccines could even be delayed after France shut its border with the UK.
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