New variant 'Eris' increases contagiousness in UK

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In the United Kingdom (UK), the public panicked due to Eris (EG.5.1), a sub-variant of Omicron. Authorities announced that the virus has spread across the country.

New variant 'Eris' increases contagiousness in UK

The new variant "Eris", the sub-variant of Omicron, accounts for one in every 7 new cases across the United Kingdom (UK), the UK Health Safety Agency (UKHSA) reported.

According to Anadolu Agency, Eris was recorded as the second most common variant in the UK after Arcturus, which accounts for about half of the cases with 39.4 percent.

Authorities reported that they are closely monitoring the situation due to the continued increase in Covid-19 cases worldwide.

According to the Zoe Covid-19 Symptom Study, which estimates figures on Covid-19 infections and vaccination rates in the UK, the estimated number of cases increased by 200,000 from 606,656 on July 4 to 785,980 on July 27.


Experts have suggested that the rise in Covid-19 cases in the country may be linked to the millions of people who flocked to the cinema after the release of the Barbie and Oppenheimer films on July 21.

People gathering together in closed and poorly ventilated areas may have increased infection rates.

Declining immunity to the disease and the passage of a certain period of time since the COVID-19 vaccination may also have contributed to the increase in cases.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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