A new variant of the coronavirus with an affected cluster of mutations has been identified in the UK, prompting calls for further surge tests to curb its spread.
The variant known as B1525 has been identified 33 times, according to researchers at the University of Edinburgh. It was first sighted in the UK on December 15th and then in Nigeria about two weeks later.
It contains the E484K mutation, which appears to reduce the effectiveness of existing vaccines, and it also occurs in strains of the virus that appear to originate from South Africa and Brazil.
It also contains two mutations known as deletions. Laboratory tests have shown evidence that the virus is able to infect new cells. the other