What do we know about the UK’s newest strain of coronavirus – World News?

The UK announced a surprise lockdown in London and parts of the country on Saturday after cases of coronavirus disease rose sharply following the discovery of a new strain of Sars-CoV-2 virus that causes Covid-19. According to experts, the new strain is 70% more infectious than other virus strains. It is believed that most new cases in the country are driven by this variant, with up to 60% of cases in London being caused by it.

Here’s everything you need to know about the newest strain of coronavirus in the UK:

Why is the variant cause for concern?

There have been concerns about the latest variant as it is rapidly replacing other versions of the virus, and experts say it would make it easier to spread. While nothing can be said for sure, as a precautionary measure, the land has been blocked again. “It’s really too early to say … but from what we’ve seen so far, it’s growing very fast, growing faster than (an earlier variant) ever, but it’s important to keep that in mind” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said during a press conference.

How new is the variant?

The variant is not new. In fact, it was first discovered in September. In November, around a quarter of the cases in London came from the new variant. It was nearly two-thirds of the cases in mid-December, according to a report by the BBC. Jonathan Ball, a virologist at the University of Nottingham, said: “The amount of evidence in the public domain is absolutely insufficient to make strong or firm opinions on whether the virus has really increased transmission.”

How widespread is it in the UK and the world?

The variant has been found across the UK with the exception of Northern Ireland, but has a strong concentration in London, the south east and east of England. Cases elsewhere in the country don’t seem to have worked. Data from Nextstrain, which has been monitoring the genetic codes of virus samples around the world, suggests cases in Denmark and Australia originated in the UK. The Netherlands have also reported cases. A similar variant that has emerged in South Africa shares some of the same mutations, but does not appear to be related to this one.

Will the mutation be more deadly?

There is no evidence of this, although this is being monitored. However, increasing the transmission would be enough to cause problems for hospitals. If the new variant means more people are infected more quickly, this in turn would lead to more people needing hospital treatment.

Will the vaccines work against the new variant?

Almost certainly yes, or at least for now.

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