New Covid-19 Strain in UK Spreads 70% Faster and Now A Similar Mutation Has Been Found in South Africa
The WHO (World Health Organization) has just confirmed the new strain of the coronavirus spreading through the United Kingdom and that does not bode well for the country because scientists have just found the new virus is affecting 60% of cases and studies have found that its spreads 70% faster than earlier strains.
10Scientists are puzzled about the new strain
Scientists in the UK including the WHO are now in a quandary as to why the new strain of coronavirus is spreading at such rapid speed in comparison to other variants. England’s chief medical officer Chris Whitty confirmed on the 19th December that the new coronavirus strain could spread 70% faster and has issued a call to increase public vigilance to reduce transmission. The PM Mr Boris Johnson today announced new measures for Christmas reducing public interaction further citing the new concerns.
9The spike protein might have been changed
Scientists feel the that virus might have mutated to change the famous spike protein that features on the surface of the virus and this maybe increasing the ability of the protein to cling on to and enter human cells. For those who don’t know, the earlier research in the virus provided the information that the virus was entering our bodies through spike proteins that bonded to human cell surfaces and then allowed the virus a kind of gateway to enter human cells.
8The new mutation is called N501Y
Now the new mutation called N501Y is allowing the spike protein greater powers to make the virus spread 70% faster than before which means it is safe to say that it has become 70% more efficient. While the new virus strain has been confirmed in the UK, Neville Sanjana of the New York Genome Center says till now there is no evidence that shows the new strain has entered the US. To this effect, several European countries like France, Italy, Ireland and Germany have closed their doors to flights and people coming in from the UK. Others are following suit.