Thursday, 11 June 2020 11:35

Majority of UK coronavirus cases traced to France and Spain, due to airports not being locked down Featured

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According to the Daily Mirror, just 0.08% of the UK's cases came from China.

The majority of cases came from Spain, France, Belgium and Italy - all holiday destiations favoured by Brits.

Scientists believe that 90% of coronavirus cases can be traced back to these hotspots. 

A new study, led by infectious disease expert Professor Oliver Pybus and published on Virological.org, analysed genomes of virus samples from 16,500 infected Brits.

These were then compared to almost 12,000 SARS-CoV-2 samples from around the globe, with 34 per cent said to have originated in similar strains from Spain.

Another 29% came from France, 15% from Belgium, and 14% Italy, while just 0.08% of the UK's cases came directly from China where the pandemic started, according to the study.

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