The British government said today, Tuesday, that it is “closely following” the spread of a new sub-mutant of the Corona virus, and it has not yet been determined whether it is more contagious.
The mutant “AY4 Point To” (AY4.2) is a branch of the highly contagious “Delta”, which initially appeared in India and led to a high outbreak of the epidemic in late spring and early summer, according to Agence France-Presse.
A government spokesman said: “We are following the new mutant closely and will not hesitate to take action if necessary.” But he stressed that “nothing suggests that it is spreading at a higher speed.”
This comes at a time when the United Kingdom is recording an increasing number of infections, exceeding 40,000 every day, which is a much higher rate than recorded in the rest of Europe. Britain has counted a total of about 139,000 deaths from the epidemic.
Some scholars attribute the deterioration of the epidemiological situation, especially among adolescents and young adults, to poor levels of vaccination of minors and a decrease in the immunity of older people to vaccinate too early and the lifting of preventive measures in England in July (July) +.
But the director of the Institute of Genetics at the University of California, Francois Ballou, saw that the new mutant “is not the cause of the recent rise in the number of infections in the United Kingdom.” He added that their appearance does not constitute “a situation similar to the appearance of the alpha and delta mutant, which were more transmissible (50 percent or more) than all strains at that time.”
The new mutant is almost non-existent outside the UK, except for three cases recorded in the US and a few in Denmark, and has almost disappeared there since. Work is underway to test its resistance to vaccines.