B.1.525 is a new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 identified in the United Kingdom. It has similar characteristics as that the South African variant. It is detected in other countries like Denmark, Nigeria and the US. The experts in the UK are currently assessing the risks posed by the new variant. If found to be risky, it will be added in the UK’s list of “variants of concern” and mass testing will be conducted.

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