UK variant found in 70 countries, South African in 31 — WHO

The new and more contagious COVID-19 variant first spotted in Britain has now spread to 70 countries — 10 more than a week ago, the World Health Organization says.

In its latest epidemiological update, the UN health agency also says the variant of the virus first found in South Africa had spread to eight more countries in the past week and was now present in 31 nations; meanwhile, another variant discovered in Brazil has spread to eight countries.

Health care workers take coronavirus test samples of Israelis in a drive through complex in Jerusalem, January 4, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)