A new strain of coronavirus found in Britain could become more dangerous than previously known. This assumption was made by researchers at the Center for Mathematical Modeling of Infectious Diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
The new “mutant” is 56% more infectious, MedicalXpress quotes scientists. This could lead to an increase in the number of patients in hospitals. Moreover, it is extremely difficult to influence the spread of the strain: even the lockdown introduced in the country will not help prevent this. Relaxation leads to a sharp increase in the number of infected.
We will remind, in the UK on December 14 reported the identification of a new mutation of the coronavirus. Experts found that the new variant of the virus is 70% more infectious, but there is no evidence that it leads to more mortality.
Note that in the Volgograd region over the past day, 279 new cases of COVID-19 were registered. The total number of people infected since the beginning of the pandemic is 33.7 thousand people.