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

A worker collects a swab from a car window at a test centre

Saskatchewan confirmed Tuesday that two infections involve the B117 variant, while New Brunswick reported three cases of it. Also, the World Health Organization has said this variant "is less susceptible to antibody neutralisation" than previous variants.

The experts found only 11 out of 214,159 samples with the E484K mutation.

"In Telford and Wrekin the new United Kingdom variant of the virus accounts for over 70 per cent of cases but we are not aware of any cases yet of the South African variant".

The UK variant of the coronavirus has developed a new, concerning mutation in a small number of cases, which scientists said makes it similar to the South African and Brazilian variants and could reduce the efficacy of vaccines.

Door-to-door coronavirus testing is being rolled out in parts of England in an attempt to stem the outbreak of a more contagious variant discovered in South Africa. "Is that something that you're going to do forever, because it looks like these strains may continue to arise in the long term?"

Dr Julian Tang, honorary Associate Professor/Clinical Virologist at the University of Leicester, said the acquisition of the E484K mutation is "a worrying development, though not entirely unexpected." .

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

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Liz Noakes, Telford and Wrekin's director of public health, said the developments illustrated the need to follow current lockdown guidelines - created to stop the transmission of the virus.

Early laboratory test results of Moderna's coronavirus vaccine showed that it works against the new and more infectious variants found in Britain and South Africa. However, the body's immune response may not be as strong.

Two new Covid-19 vaccines that could be approved soon - one from Novavax and another from Janssen - appear to offer some protection too, the report said.

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.

"Until more people are vaccinated this is the only way we will control the spread of the virus".

"Currently there is no evidence that this variant causes more severe illness, or that the regulated vaccines would not protect against it, but research indicates that it does transmit from person to person more easily".



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