Britain's battle against coronavirus was dealt an unexpected blow on Monday night when it emerged a mutation of the virus had been identified in Kent, and may be partly responsible for alarming rises in case numbers in the South. After last week's mood of jubilation when the vaccination programme was rolled out , the discovery of a new, potentially aggressive variant, came as a stark reminder that this disease is not beaten yet. But how worried should we be about this new strain? The main concern about the new variant is that it appears to spread more quickly than the existing virus, with more than 1,000 cases found so far in 60 local authorities, predominantly in the South of England. Over the past few weeks, cases have been rising dramatically, particularly around London and Essex , and epidemiologists have been puzzled as to why new infections increased even during lockdown. This may help explain the rises. The new variant was picked up by testing labs and is currently being studied by Government scientists in Porton Down. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has also been notified. Coronavirus is believed to have jumped into the human population sometime in 2019 and many… Read full this story
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