New strain of coronavirus
New strain of coronavirus

Australia on Monday confirmed two cases of the new strain of coronavirus in Britain, in the first confirmation of rapidly spreading strain infections in the Asia-Pacific region.

The new strain forced Britain to back down on plans to ease corona restrictions over the Christmas period.

Australia's most populous state reported six new cases of MERS-CoV among people returning from abroad and quarantine.

The authorities said that two of them had been injured by the new smoothness. However, NSW officials said they did not believe the new strain was in contact with the community.

"We have two passengers who have returned from Britain who are infected with this mutated virus," state health official Kerry Chant told reporters.