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Scientists have identified another new variant of coronavirus in the UK with some potentially troubling mutations.

B.1.525 appears similar to the South African variant which prompted door-to-door tests in areas where it has been found.

Researchers from Edinburgh University have found 38 cases so far - 2 in Wales and 36 in England - in samples dating back to December.

It has been seen in other countries, including Denmark, Nigeria and the US.

UK experts are studying it to understand what risk it poses.

It is too soon to say if it should be added to the UK's list of "variants of concern" and whether mass testing for it should happen. So, for now, it is a "variant under investigation".

Prof Ravi Gupta, from the University of Cambridge, is one of the scientists advising the government on new and emerging virus threats.

He said B.1.525 appeared to have "significant mutations" already seen in some of the other new variants.

"That is partly reassuring because we can predict what their likely effect is."

Prof Yvonne Doyle from Public Health England (PHE) said: "PHE is monitoring data about emerging variants very closely and where necessary public health interventions are being undertaken, such as extra testing and enhanced contact tracing.

"There is currently no evidence that this set of mutations causes more severe illness or increased transmissibility."

  Comments - 7

  • Nihal Wednesday, 17 February 2021 09:17 AM

    Prof Ravi Gupta is a Doctor but like many other doctors they have taken over the Science and the real Scientists are all sidelined. No wonder Coronavirus is having a blast with different mutations.

    Ripper Wednesday, 17 February 2021 11:02 AM

    Please read the article again, Prof. Ravi Gupta is a Scientist, not a Doctor.

    Ravi Wednesday, 17 February 2021 10:30 AM

    Nihal, you are absolutely right , this is the reason why advanced countries are all failing to control Covid-19. But these countries leaders are stupid and don’t realise this.

    Brit Wednesday, 17 February 2021 01:23 PM

    Prof. Ravindra Gupta is an excellent and well know microbiologist here in the UK. There a lot of scientists and doctors all around the world trying to developpe a vaccin and treatment. So also stupid government leaders in your country can benefit from them

    David Higginbottom Wednesday, 17 February 2021 02:32 PM

    Doctors in England and other countries do teaching and research as well. They can be medical doctors doing a doctorate/PHD. The role of a Doctor is specific to the work they do. Every Dick, Tom and Harry cannot work on this virus. There are people assigned to work and research on the virus and report to their seniors.

    Living Abroad Wednesday, 17 February 2021 12:32 PM

    Where is China ? :/ No Address

    Selvakumar Wednesday, 17 February 2021 01:45 PM

    Still doctors


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