British newspaper: The emergence of a new variable that is spreading at a terrifying speed greater than Delta

12:43 AM

Friday 26 November 2021

London – (AA):

New data reveal a variant of COVID-19 that is spreading at a much faster rate than beta and delta strains.

Preliminary data shows that the new variant, B.1.1.529, is much more prevalent than previously recorded beta and delta strains.

John Byrne-Murdoch, a journalist at the Financial Times warned: “There is a clear upward trend… This may be just a fading, but that’s how the waves start.”

He added: “Aside from its rapid rise in South Africa, the other major cause for concern here is that mutations in B.1.1.529 – based on what we’ve seen with other variants – are known to be associated with greater transmission.”

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