A new mutation from “Delta” may be the reason for the high injuries in Britain

A new mutation from “Delta” may be the reason for the high injuries in Britain
A new mutation from “Delta” may be the reason for the high injuries in Britain

What is the new mutant that appeared in Britain?

AY4 Point Two is a highly contagious sub-delta that first appeared in India in October 2020, and caused a high epidemic in late spring and early summer.

What is the power of the new mutant to spread?

There is no evidence that it is more prevalent yet.

The British government said, on Wednesday, that it is closely monitoring the spread of a new sub-mutant of the Corona virus, in light of the high number of infections in the country, and it has not yet been determined if it is more contagious.

The mutant “AY4 Point To” (AY4.2) is a branch of the highly contagious “delta” that first appeared in India in October 2020, and caused a high epidemic in late spring and early summer.

A UK government spokesman said: “We are following the new mutation closely and will not hesitate to take action if needed.” But he stressed, “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 the rest of Europe.

Britain has recorded a total of about 139,000 deaths from the epidemic since its appearance in late 2019.

Some scholars attribute the deterioration of the epidemiological situation, especially among adolescents and young adults, to the weak vaccination of minors and the diminishing of the immunity of the elderly vaccinated too early and the lifting of preventive measures in England last July.

But the director of the Institute of Genetics at the University of California, Francois Ballou, believes that the new mutation “is not the reason for the recent rise in the number of infections in the United Kingdom.”

The researcher added that his appearance does not constitute “a situation similar to the appearance of the alpha and delta mutant, which were more transmissible (50% or more) than all strains at that time.”

The new mutation is almost nonexistent outside the United Kingdom, except for 3 cases recorded in the United States and a few in Denmark, which have almost disappeared there since then.

Currently, work is underway to determine the extent of resistance of the new mutant to anti-viral vaccines.

 
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