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    UK reports first case of new COVID virus variant

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    Aug 18 (Reuters) – The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said on Friday the first case of COVID-19 variant BA.2.86 had been detected in the country in an individual with no recent travel history.

    On Thursday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it was tracking the new, highly mutated variant of the virus that causes COVID.

    The variant has also been identified in Israel, Denmark and the United States.

    Reporting by Urvi Dugar in Bengaluru
    Editing by Mark Potter

    Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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