A new variant of the coronavirus is sweeping across London and Southern England.
Over the weekend, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the fast-moving new variant of the virus is 70% more transmissible than existing strains, and appears to be driving a rapid spike in new infections in London and southern England.
However, “there’s no evidence to suggest it is more lethal or causes more severe illness,” or that vaccines would be less effective against it, he said.
Britain has alerted the World Health Organization that the new strain – identified last week – is the likely cause of the surge in infections, accounting for around 60% of London’s cases.
Two strains of the new Coronavirus are spreading around the world, ” According to an analysis of 103 cases, but the World Health Organization insists that ” There is no evidence that the Virus has been changing ” .
The new Coronavirus is one of several known to inflect humans, it’s probabely been around for sometimes in animals.
Sometimes , a Virus in animals crosses over into people, that’s what scientists think happened here .
So this Virus isn’t new to the world, but it is new to humans.
Scientists have divided coronaviruses into four sub-groupings, called alpha, beta, gamma, and delta. Seven of these viruses can infect people :
.Human Coronavirus Types :
- 229E (alpha)
- NL63 (alpha)
- OC43 (beta)
- HKU1 (beta
- MERS-CoV, a beta virus that causes Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS)
- SARS-CoV, a beta virus that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)
- SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19 .