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The Covid variant in England
The southern tension of England increases due to the existence of a new wave that whips south of England. A group of British scientists are trying to establish whether the rapid spread in the south of England of a new variant of the virus caused COVID-19 is related to key mutations that have detected in the strain, they said Tuesday. Mutations include changes in the important ‘peak’ protein that uses the coronavirus Sars-Cov-2 to infect human cells, said a group of scientists that tracks the genetics of the virus, but it is not yet clear if they do it more infectious.
‘Efforts are being made to confirm whether or not any of these mutations are contributing to a greater transmission,’ said scientists from the COVID-19 Genomics UK consortium (COG-UK) in a statement. The new variant, that the United Kingdom scientists have called ‘Vui-202012/01’ includes a mutation in the viral genome region that encodes the peak protein, which, in theory, could cause COVID-19 to spread moreeasily among people. The British government cited on Monday an increase in new infections, which he said could be related in part to the new variant.
This variant moved its capital city and many other areas at the highest level of Covid-19 restrictions. Until December 13, 1 had been identified.108 COVID-19 cases with the new variant, predominantly in the south and east of England, said Public Health England in a statement. But there is currently no evidence that the variant is more likely to cause serious infections due to COVID-19, scientists said, or make vaccines less effective. ‘Both questions require more studies done to the rhythm,’ COG-UK scientists said.
Mutations, or genetic changes, arise naturally in all viruses, including SARS-COV-2, as human populations are replicated and circulated. In the case of SARS-COV-2, these mutations accumulate at a rate of one to two mutations per month worldwide, according to COG-UK genetics specialists. ‘As a result of this current process, many thousands of mutations have already emerged in the Sars-Cov-2 genome since the virus emerged in 2019,’ they said. Most of the mutations observed so far have no apparent effect on the virus,
It is quite likely that only one minor. Susan Hopkins, PHE’s medical advisor, said that ‘it is not unexpected that the virus evolves and it is important that we detect any change quickly to understand the potential risk’. He said that the new variant ‘is being detected in a wide geography, especially where more cases are detected’.