Coronavirus Scientists warn of new SARS-CoV-2 variants
New wave of coronavirus mutations may be even worse than the first
Scientists have warned that a new wave of COVID-19 mutations could cause more problems that the first one that dealt Europe a hard blow at the beginning of 2020.
After detecting a coronavirus variant in England last December, researchers are concerned that new mutations could be rapidly spreading variants of COVID-19.
“One concern is that B.1.1.7 will now become the dominant global variant with its higher transmission and it will drive another very, very bad wave,” said Jeremy Farrar, an infectious disease expert and head of the Wellcome Trust.
“I think we’re going into an unpredictable phase now.”
Although some countries such as the United Kingdom have imposed restrictions to halt the transmission, the speedy rise in new cases has troubled scientists.
Meanwhile, UK prime minister Boris Johnson has stressed that this new coronavirus variant is between 50 percent and 70 percent more transmissible.