A new variant of COVID-19 was discovered in Great Britain, Canada, Nigeria and Denmark
Aileen Cerrudo • February 17, 2021 • 19
A new variant of Coronavirus (COVID-19), B.1.525, has been discovered in the United Kingdom, Canada, Nigeria and Denmark.
In the UK, health authorities have announced that they have recorded 38 new cases of a new variant of COVID-19 that has a key mutation thought to reduce the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Public Health England (PHE) said the new variant has already spread across England.
However, the agency said that there is not enough evidence to prove that the new variant is more dangerous or contagious.
PHE medical director Yvonne Doyle also said the new variant has a similar mutation as the one discovered in South Africa.
The discovery of a new variant is a cause for concern, especially when experts have not yet determined the rate of its transfer or how dangerous it is for the public. -AAC (with reports by Erly Briones)