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Covid update: Dr Amir Khan reveals how to respond to new coronavirus strain – three tips

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A new variant of coronavirus has been detected in south-east England, raising concerns about the five day “Christmas bubble” exemption and the efficacy of the vaccine. Speaking to ITV’s Lorraine earlier, Dr Amir Khan provided some reassurance about the new strain. He noted that virus’s routinely mutate and it is not an immediate cause for concern. 

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To mitigate the risk, we should comply with the general advice issued by health bodies.

“We should all remain vigilant, wash our hands and wear a mask,” he advised.

When asked about the implications for the UK’s five day reprieve from the restrictions, whereby up to three households can stay together and form a “Christmas bubble” from 23 to 27 December, Dr Khan gave a somewhat nuanced response.

He appreciated the measure will be welcomed by broad swathes of the general public so is not advocating for the break to be cancelled.

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