New Covid-19 Strain in UK Spreads 70% Faster and Now A Similar Mutation Has Been Found in South Africa
462% of cases are from the new variant
Scientists first located the new variant in London in September and by mid-November, 28% if coronavirus cases in London were of the new Variant, that number has shot up to 62% by December 9. Effectively, it is beating all other variants and will soon become the dominant strain.
3Mixed opinion about the dangers of the new variant
Patrick Vallance, the British government’s chief scientific adviser said that conclusions that present mutation was not dangerous and that it would not impact the effectiveness of vaccines was only preliminary and that there were theoretical reasons why the new variant might alter the immune response, but the theory lacks evidence thus far. Now that puts a huge damper on things for the season.
“The working assumption is that the vaccine response should be adequate for this virus, but we need to keep vigilant about this,” he said. However, Doctor Sanjana felt differently saying “Single mutations will generally not alter vaccine performance.”
2South Africa has also confirmed a new mutation
The latest news which is something the WHO should be concerned about is that another new mutation has been found in South Africa. The health minister Zweli Mkhize confirmed the presence of a new strain called 501.V2 Variant. The new mutation has caused a second wave of the virus where South Africa has recorded the highest number of infections in all of Africa.A resurgence in cases saw the government tighten restrictions on society this week.
1What the WHO says
The WHO, has commented that its scientists are in touch with both countries but it also added as usual that there was no indication there were changes in the way the new strain of the virus was behaving. Scientists have also found a lot of similarities between the two variants. How dangerous or lethal the new variants are will only be revealed in the coming weeks.