The UK's coronavirus alert level has been raised from three to four with the "new variant of COVID-19". The level four alert means that the transmission of COVID is high or rising and that we still must social distance. They have little to no data on this new variant yet they're saying that they may need to develop a new vaccine for it. South Africa has said that this is nothing that they haven't faced before - putting hope into their citizens.
This is a mild disease - it has symptoms awfully similar to the common cold - yet you don't see anyone going crazy about that.