New coronavirus type found in Norway: It is transmitted at large distances

Source : 112 Ukraine

The mutated virus is called M439K and belongs to the genetic subgroup of the coronavirus B.1.5
14:45, 21 October 2020

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In Norway, the new mutation of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus is found; it has never been observed in the country before – it is easier to get infected with it than with the usual form as Verdens Gang reported citing Senior Medical Officer at City of Trondheim Tove Røsstad.

“Preliminary, it is a new variant of the virus that the Ministry of Health and Care Services has never seen before in Norway,” Røsstad said.

The outbreak in Trondheim is tied with the new mutation of the virus. The new type of coronavirus was observed from October 16 up to October 18 as eight locals infected.

Related: Vaccination against Covid-19 to start from middle of 2021, - WHO

According to scientists, the mutated virus is called M439K and belongs to the genetic subgroup of the coronavirus B.1.5. The surface of this protein differs from the common SARS-CoV-2. It has shorter spikes that help the virus to attach to the cell and infect it. The new type of coronavirus can easily bind with the cells in the body.

The peculiarity of this mutation of the virus is that it has a higher level of transmission: people should not stay in close contact to infect with it.

As we reported, British scientists have found that Covid-19 may cause sudden and permanent hearing loss, adding that such problems need early detection and urgent treatment. This statement was made by researchers from University College London and the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital.



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