[/news/china/index.html China] has confirmed its first case of a new [/news/coronavirus/index.html coronavirus] variant that was recently detected in Britain, health officials said.
The first patient in China with the new COVID variant is a 23-year-old woman who flew into Shanghai from Britain on December 14, the Chinese Centre for Disease Control said in a research note published on Wednesday.
The case 'poses a great potential threat' to China's efforts to prevent and control the spread of the virus, the authority claimed.
China has confirmed its first case of a new coronavirus variant that was recently detected in Britain, bắc kinh health officials said.
In this file photo, a health worker checks the temperature of passengers arriving at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport in Shanghai on February 4
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The new strain, which experts say potentially spreads faster than the original variant, has prompted travel restrictions on the UK by more than 50 countries - including China, where the coronavirus first emerged late last year.
It has been detected in 10 countries, including the UK and China, around the world so far.
According to the Chinese authorities, the patient was hospitalised on arrival as she showed mild symptoms.
She tested negative for the virus on December 12, du lịch bắc kinh two days before her flight to China, said the [ ]