UK variant coronavirus strain significantly more transmissible – study

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The novel variant of the coronavirus discovered in #England that made headlines just before #Christmas is apparently more transmissible than the original viral strain, according to research conducted by #Imperial #College #London in collaboration with the #World #Health #Organization. #Health (WHO) and other UK based educational institutions. The study, which has not yet been peer reviewed, claims that people infected with the variant strain are more likely to pass the virus to others and infect more people compared to the original. “#Additive increase” in transmissivity (R) in a range of 0.4 to 0.7, with a “multiplicative increase” in transmissivity which “ranged from a 50% to 75% advantage. “#Unlike previous genetic variants which have reached high prevalence, we are seeing an expansion of the worrisome variant from the UK and a pattern of faster epidemic growth alongside the expansion of the worrisome variant has been repeated in several regions, ”wrote the study authors. The number of cases in #Britain has skyrocketed in recent weeks due to the variant of the virus – which has emerged in all corners of the world – forcing several countries to close their borders to #British passengers. in the hope of preventing the release of the new variant in their country of origin. #Like other countries in #Europe, #Britain is fighting to contain new waves of the virus. #One of the worst-affected countries in the world, it recorded 53,285 cases in the past 24 hours on #Friday and 613 new deaths. The rise in cases compares to the 55,892 reported on #Thursday, while the death toll marks a drop from the 964 reported it the day before.

The UK has recorded more than 50,000 new daily cases of the virus in the past four days, in part due to a worrying variant that is much more contagious and an increase in the number of people dying every day. #British health authorities have reactivated emergency hospitals built at the start of the pandemic to deal with an increase in COVID-19 cases which is putting existing services under extreme pressure, especially in #London. so many colleagues are sick or have to self-isolate, and paramedics and nurses have had to treat patients in ambulances due to a shortage of available beds. #An email to #Royal #London #Hospital staff said he was now in ‘disaster medicine mode’. . ” #Reuters contributed to this report.

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