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New strain of coronavirus circulates in UK

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The AY.4.2 variant is also known as Delta Plus mutation
08:48, 20 October 2021

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British doctors observe growing incidence of the new kind of coronavirus, the AY.4.2 variant. It is also known as Delta Plus mutation, reports BBC.

Theis kind is not yet labeled as a dangerous one. Healthcare experts are looking into its activity. 

According to the story, "the latest official data suggests 6% of Covid cases that have been genetically sequenced are of a new type". However, this particular mutation dominates among those who got sick with coronavirus. 

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"Original Delta was classified as a variant of concern in the UK in May 2021 after overtaking the Alpha variant to become the dominant type of Covid in circulation. But in July 2021 experts identified AY.4.2. This offshoot or sublineage of Delta has been increasing slowly since then. It includes some new mutations affecting the spike protein, which the virus uses to penetrate our cells. So far, there is no indication that it is considerably more transmissible as a result of these changes, but it is something experts are studying", writes BBC.

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