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Washington has called for travelers from the UK to quarantine over new COVID-19 strain

A new strain of COVID-19 has been found in the United Kingdom. Here’s what one governor wants to do with it.

In this Sunday Dec. 20, 2020 file photo people at St Pancras station in London, wait to board the last train to Paris today. Instead of Christmas joy, a sense of dread and isolation is looming.
In this Sunday Dec. 20, 2020, file photo, people at St. Pancras station in London, wait to board the last train to Paris today. Instead of Christmas joy, a sense of dread and isolation is looming.
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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee issued new coronavirus restrictions Monday for travelers coming from countries that have the new COVID-19 variant, KING 5 reports.

What’s going on?

A new strain of COVID-19 has begun to run rampant through the United Kingdom. Officials called for a massive lockdown for the area. In response, there was widespread panic about what this means for the COVID-19 vaccine.

New Washington restrictions

Inslee said in his new order that travelers from the UK and South Africa should quarantine for 14 days and get a COVID-19 test when they arrive, according to KING 5.

  • Flight crews will be exempt from the travel restrictions.
  • Inslee said more travelers will be included in the order if the new variant is found elsewhere.

Key quote:

“This is a cautionary reminder that we’re perhaps months away from being out of the worst of this pandemic, obviously,” Inslee said. “And it is a vivid reminder of the uncertainties and unpredictabilities of this pandemic.”

How to know if you have the new mutation

The new COVID-19 mutation likely has the same symptoms as the previous one, Dr. Darren Mareiniss, assistant professor for emergency medicine at Sidney Kimmel Medical College – Thomas Jefferson University — recently told Eat This, Not That!

  • He said that “current testing does not discriminate between different strains.”