UK NEWS: Sweden confirms first case of a different coronavirus on a visitor from the UK

STOCKHOLM – A new strain of coronavirus linked to the rapid spread of the disease in Britain has been discovered in Sweden after a traveler from the United Kingdom fell ill and was diagnosed with it, the Swedish Health Agency said on Saturday.

Health Agency official Sara Byfors told a news conference that the traveler was living alone and that so far no other cases had been found.

The unidentified traveler was living in Sormland, south of Stockholm, according to Signe Makitalo, a regional infection controller. The new variant is thought to be more transferable than the current one.

“A person who has been diagnosed with the virus has traveled to Sormland from Great Britain for a Christmas visit,” said Makitalo, adding that the risk of infection in the case was considered limited.

Sweden has set travel restrictions earlier this month for commuters from Britain amid concerns over diversity. Similar steps have been taken by many other EU countries and around the world.

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