Covid-19 mutant strain detected in 57 areas across UK – see if yours is on list

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A variant strain of Covid-19 has now been detected in 57 separate regions around Britain, with 45 places in England, 6 in Scotland and 6 in Wales.

The coronavirus mutation was first detected in the UK at the end of September but after monitoring the strain, the Government discovered it is up to 70% more transmissible than the virus.

In response, the Prime Minister was forced to cancel Christmas celebrations and plunge London, south East England and parts of the east into Tier 4 less than a week before the festivities began.

Locations in Liverpool, Leicester, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds Oxford, Coventry and Cambridge have now identified the strain in the regions.

Scotland also detected the mutation around Glasgow while cases in Swansea, Newport and Cardiff were reported.

Public Health England had previously only announced 1,000 confirmed cases as it notified the World Health Organisation.

The true picture could be even worse than feared as there is a time lag between when England came out of the second national lockdown and now.

Jeffrey Barrett, lead statistical geneticist at COG-UK, said: "They’re relatively small numbers but I think it is important to be aware that it is certainly not the case that this is just completely geographically constrained to what is the current Tier 4 area."

It is now feared other parts of the UK could go into Tier 4 as early as Boxing Day as the UK continues to grapple with the extent of the virus.

According to the latest data, the new Covid strain has been identified in:

A cluster of six in Glasgow and in the surrounding areas of Linwood, Newton Mearns, Airdrie, Bonhill and Lenzie.

Near Rothbury in rural Northumberland

In Newcastle-upon-Tyne and in Gateshead, near Low Fell.

Bishop Auckland in County Durham

Near Penrith in Cumbria

Middlesbrough

Hurst Green in Lancashire

Cleckheaton

In Pocklington, near Hull

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Two areas in the north of Merseyside, near Crosby and Kirkby

One area of central Manchester

Near Maltby in South Yorkshire

One area in Wrexham and one in Burton, Cheshire

Near Matlock in Staffordshire

Near Eakring in Nottinghamshire

Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire

Near Stafford in Staffordshire

In the Leicester area

Upper Hambleton, near Oakham

Dereham near Norwich

Stowmarket near Ipswich

Near Willingham in Cambridgeshire

In Kettering

In Kenilworth near Coventry

Near the Oldbury area of Birmingham

In Worcester

In Hereford

In Fishguard, Neath, Bridgend, Barry and Newport

In Bristol

Near Bridgwater and near Exeter

Close to Dorchester on the south coast

In Newbury near Thatcham

In New Alresford, near Winchester

Near Billingshurst

In Dorking

Near Hailsham

Near Canterbury (where strain is thought to have originated)

In central London

Near Oxford

In Welwyn Garden City near St Albans

Near Braintree

In Stagsden near Bedford

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