No patient zero for UK coronavirus as ‘two-thirds of cases came from Spain and France’ – Latest News

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Academics from the universities of Oxford, Edinburgh and Birmingham, found 34% of those tested were introduced from Spain, while 29% came from France.

The Covid-19 Genomics UK consortium (Cog-UK), compared the genetic fingerprint of 16,506 viral infections in the UK to 11,889 from abroad.

Findings from the Covid-19 Genomics UK consortium (Cog-UK) suggest there isn’t a “single patient zero” at the heart of Britain’s coronavirus outbreak and that many cases began across the channel

34% of cases tested were introduced from Spain

29% of cases came from France

The findings ruled out the notion that a single “patient zero” started the UK outbreak

A second report found the spread of coronavirus showed a correlation between countries which are travel hubs

Imported infections peaked halfway through the month when outbreaks in European countries were growing and passengers were still travelling.

Almost two-thirds of the UK’s coronavirus cases originated from Spain and France, a new study has suggested.

The findings ruled out the notion that a single “patient zero” started the UK outbreak, and instead pins the pandemic on air travel.

Despite several other countries doing so, the UK never closed it’s borders and flights are now unrestricted and international arrivals have been required to enter a 14-day quarantine period since Monday.

The Government advised against travel on March 17th, and told Brits to return to the UK on March 23.

Imported infections peaked halfway through the month when outbreaks in European countries were growing and passengers were still travelling.

Research shows with imported infections peaking halfway through the month when outbreaks in European countries were growing and people were still

It said Britain has a large number of domestic and international flights which “facilitated contagion” in the UK.

The study, conducted by the Institute for Economic and Peace, named the UK as an example of coronavirus and air travel.

A second report found the spread of coronavirus showed a correlation between countries which are travel hubs.

The report added that the “flow of air passengers across and within country borders has been a major contributor to the spread of the virus.”

“These are countries in which you will find a large airport hub, giving the potential to people to travel from one country to the other.

“That’s why, for example, the region of Milan in Italy, Paris, Brussels, Frankfurt, London and New York, those big international hubs, created more exchanges and more potential for the virus to grow.”

Serge Stroobants, an IEP director, told news agency, PA: “The countries most impacted are countries that are really participating in global trade in the globalised world and the interconnected world.

34% of cases tested were introduced from Spain (Image: Getty Images)

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