Thai Covid variant under investigation after being found in UK

The government is investigating a new variant of Covid after it appeared in the UK.

The new variant is known as C.36.3 and was first discovered in Thailand, according to Public Health England.

Officials say cases were found in people who originally traveled from Egypt.

In the UK, 109 cases of the new Thai strain have been reported, data released today shows.

Public Health England said the test and trace were used to limit the spread of the new variant but did not say where cases had been found.

The latest numbers for the Indian variant of the Covid showcases are increasing.

In one week they doubled from 3,424 to 6,959.

According to the latest figures, cases of all types of Covid in Birmingham rose by more than 50 percent within a week.

A total of 292 coronavirus tests were confirmed positive in the seven days ending May 23, up from 176 in the week ending May 16. The latest rate was 25.6 per 100,000 people, down from 15.4 the previous week.

But there was better news in Solihull, which had 27 cases in the latest numbers, slightly less than the week before. This resulted in a new rate of 12.5 cases per 100,000 population, a decrease from the previous 13.4.

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