`Eeek`: New mutations in United Kingdom worry experts as virus surge continues

Coronavirus 'mutations of concern' found in Bristol and Liverpool

The Government has confirmed 11 cases of the new South African variant have been identified which were not linked to travel. "It's a variant that transmits faster, so this is a worrying development".

Scientists who work with Public Health England discovered a small number of occurrences of the "UK "Kent" variant" that has the E484K mutation.

The tests on some samples showed a mutation, called E484K, which has already been found in the South Africa and Brazil variants.

In line with this, immediate testing for the variant in South Africa already started in all parts of England and could be rolled out in other sites seeing variants that have the same E484 mutation.

Though the number of reported cases of the United Kingdom variant with the concerning mutation are small, scientists said that it demonstrated how Britain's high prevalence of cases meant that it was not enough simply to prevent new variants being imported.

Urgent door-to-door quick Covid-19 testing for the South African variant is underway in parts of England after cases were found with no known links to travel or previous contact with those affected.

UK COVID-19 variant
UK Virus Variant Develops Concerning New Mutation in Some Cases

It's no longer unexpected that the COVID-19 strains are taking place, or they will continue changing.

The decision followed a recommendation last week by the country's Health Agency and is aimed at keeping new variants of the virus from spreading.

"We need to get tested, isolate when we need to, wash hands, wear a face covering and keep our distance from others".

However, there is no evidence that Covid-19 vaccines that have been approved won't work against the new strain, although results from human clinical trials in South Africa suggest decreased efficiency of these vaccines as against the older variants.

The Swedish government announced Wednesday that foreign citizens will have to provide a recent negative test for COVID-19 when entering Sweden as of Saturday. Although, the immune response of the body may not be as strong or prolonged. This just underlines how important the restrictions that we have been following for the past year are, because variant or no variant this is how we will prevent the spread of the virus.

The E484K mutation, which occurs on the spike protein of the virus, is the same change as has been seen in the South African and Brazilian variants that have caused global concern.



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