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The United Kingdom announced a surprise lockdown on Saturday in London and parts of the country amid a surge in the Coronavirus pandemic after the discovery of a new strain of the Sars-CoV-2 virus, which causes Covid-19. The Union Health Ministry has called an urgent meeting of its Joint Monitoring Group today to discuss the emergence of the new strain of Coronavirus which is detected in the United Kingdom. "The government is fully conscious about everything. If you ask me, there is no reason to panic the way we are seeing in this press conference, " Vardhan said. He said that the government had done everything that was important to handle the Covid- 19 situation in the last one year. According to experts, the new strain could be up to 70℅ more infectious, prompting its European neighbours and several other countries to ban travellers from the country.