New COVID mutation identified in UK, 70 times more infectious
Although cases of coronavirus continue to rise worldwide and vaccination drives pick up the pace in the first phase, alarmed experts have a new scientific discovery. It is believed that a new COVID version of the SARS-COV-2 virus, called VUI-202012/01 (or lineage B.1.1.7), is spreading cases across London and parts of the UK. It is considered more infectious than other strains and has caused more rigorous requirements and lockdowns to be imposed by the authorities.
What is known so far
Although viruses fail to mutate, an international cause of concern has been the newest mutation in COVID. Many experts also assume that during the holidays, which is already a scary time, the newest COVID mutation may have numerous symptoms, be easily transmissible and push up cases. We clarify those concerns and describe the risks of the same thing
When was the strain first identified?
Although early last week (16 December) the first cases linked to the new COVID strain were identified, scientists claim that the earliest evidence of the mutation is linked back to September.
More than 1108 casualties in UK districts were caused by the virus mutation. If figures are to be predicted, the deadly strain has triggered more than 60% of cases in London and officials are bracing for bigger increases in the coming weeks.
Scientists are also trying to determine its source and decipher its makeup genetically. According to one theory, the virus strain could have made its way from a single COVID patient via transmission.
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