The new strain of novel coronavirus, known as VOC-202012/01, has already been detected in eight European countries, WHO Regional Director for Europe Hans Kluge said, APA reports citing TASS.
"8 countries in the WHO_Europe region have now identified the new COVID19 variant VOC-202012/01," Kluge wrote in a Twitter post on Friday. "The variant also seems to be spreading among younger age groups unlike previous strains. Vigilance is important while research is ongoing to define its impact."
The official called for strengthening the existing protective measures, such as social distancing, wearing face masks and staying in core support bubbles.