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UK infection rising – concerns about ‘Delta Plus’

A new and possibly more contagious mutation of the delta variant of sars-cov-2 is of concern, not least in the UK, where the prevalence of infection is now increasing.

In the past 24 hours, more than 49,000 new infections have been found in the UK, at the same time the number of hospitalizations and deaths are increasing. Concerns are growing about a new and powerful wave of COVID-19 this winter, and there are now calls from healthcare to reimpose restrictions.

At the same time, interest in the new boom is growing It is called AY.4.2. or “Delta Plus” which is now spreading.

This is a mutation in the delta variant, which in September accounted for nearly six per cent of new cases in the UK. And the proportion is increasing, according to a report From the country’s health authorities on October 15.

The mutation was discovered in a laboratory in July of this year, and research is ongoing on its properties.

two experts Jeffrey Barrett in the Covid-19 Genomics Initiative at the Wellcome Sanger Institute in Cambridge and Professor Francois Balaux Feed University College London Genetics Institute Tells financial times They estimate that the mutation is 10 to 15 percent more contagious than the original delta variant.

However, François Ballou wants to allay fears about the new boom.

It may make things more difficult, but it cannot fully explain the increase in cases in the UK, he told the newspaper.