The British consultative group that addresses new and emerging threats of resporatory viruses has detected two new mutations of coronavirus in the country.
According to Sky News, one of the new strains is called the Kent strain; the other mutation is described as the "variant under investigation". The constultative group supposes that the first one could be highly contagious and even prevent the efficient work of vaccines.
"There have been 14 cases in Bristol, four in Manchester, and three other scattered cases", reads the report.
The cases of "variant under investigation" were confirmed in Liverpool.
In general, the Public Health England detected 76 cases of infection with these two news strains. In spite of concerns about the Kent strain, healthcare system representatives assume that the vaccines will be effective against them.
Currently, govermnent advisors defined four "concerning" strains of the virus that cause COVID-19, three of them were detected in the UK. The Brazilian strain has not been observed in Great Britain yet.
Earlier, British scientists from Cambrdige University assumed that the appearance of new mutations of Covid-19 could take place due to the clinical use of plasma of the patients that already overcame the disease.