Full list of all Covid-19 variants in the UK as thousands more infected

The government released an update tonight on all the variants of Covid-19 that are spreading in the UK.

Today has been a year since Britain was put in lockdown – and Prime Minister Boris Johnson has vowed the country will not return to another.

But he also warned that a third wave of Covid-19 from Europe would “wash up on our shores”, where cases are increasing and lockdowns are being reinstated.

The government released a new list of all coronavirus variants that are “of concern or under investigation” tonight in the UK.

The data runs until March 22, 2021.

It shows that there are 10 variants – four of concerns and six that are being investigated – that have been recognized by the UK government.

The first case discovered in the UK has recorded thousands of new cases since the last government update.

The recorded cases are divided into “genomically confirmed cases” – cases in which all line defining positions can be scored – and “probable cases” – cases in which the sequencing is of poor quality and not all line defining positions are invoked.

VOC-20DEC-01

The VOC-20DEC-01 The variant was first detected in the UK and sequenced for the first time in the UK in September 2020.

Another 6,368 new cases have been registered since the government’s last update.

Previously there were 142,285 genomically confirmed and probable cases.

Of these, 128,164 were in England, 6,316 in Scotland, 6,365 in Wales and 1,440 in Northern Ireland.

VOC-20DEC-02

This variant was first detected in South Africa and sequenced for the first time in Great Britain in December 2020.

New cases of this variant are at 15.

There were 270 genomically confirmed cases and 96 probable cases.

There were 223 confirmed cases in England and 86 probable cases.

There have been 22 confirmed cases and five possible cases in Scotland.

In Wales this was even lower, where confirmed cases were 20 and probable cases were five.

There were only five confirmed cases in Northern Ireland.

VUI-21JAN-01

This variant was first discovered in Brazil. It was first sequenced in the UK in November 2020.

There were a total of 56 genomically confirmed cases – 50 of them in England, five in Scotland and one in Wales.

Only one new case has been confirmed since the government’s last update.

VOC-21JAN-02

This variant was first discovered in Japan in January 2021 among travelers from Brazil. It was first discovered in the UK in February 2021.

There were 10 confirmed cases and three probable cases.

Seven of the confirmed cases and two of the probable cases were in England.

The rest – three confirmed and one likely – were in Scotland.

Only one new case has been detected since the last update.

VUI-21FEB-01

This variant was first discovered in the UK in December 2020.

There were 59 confirmed cases and 19 probable cases.

All of this happened in England.

No cases have been found since the last update.

VOC-21FEB-02

This variant was first discovered in Great Britain in December 2020.

There were a total of 39 genomically confirmed cases – all in England.

No cases have been found since the last update.

VUI-21FEB-03

This variant was first discovered in the UK in December 2020.

There were 146 confirmed cases and 50 probable cases.

Of these, 137 confirmed cases and 45 probable cases were in England.

There were three confirmed cases and five probable cases in Scotland.

There were another six confirmed cases in Wales.

Another 32 cases have been added since the last update.

VUI-21FEB-04

The location of the first detection of this variant must be confirmed.

There were 39 confirmed cases and three likely cases.

Most of the confirmed cases were back in England – 37.

The rest was in Scotland – 2 – where there were probably all three cases.

Eight new cases have been recorded since the last government update.

VUI-21MAR-01

The location of the first detection of this variant must be confirmed.

Only two cases have been confirmed.

Both were in England.

No cases have been confirmed since the last update.

VUI-21MAR-02

The location of the first detection of this variant must be confirmed.

There were three confirmed cases, all in England.

A new case has been added since the last update.

What does an examined variant mean?

The government says SARS-CoV-2 variants believed to have “epidemiological, immunological, or pathogenic properties” will be used for formal investigation.

They are called Variant Under Investigation (VUI) with a year, month, and number.

What does a “worrying” variant mean?

The government says that a risk assessment for VUIs will then be carried out by a relevant committee of experts.

They can then be referred to as Variant of Concern (VOC).

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