Two new strains of COVID-19 found in England are being studied.
Health authorities have identified 76 cases of these variants of the virus
Two new varieties of COVID-19 have been identified in England, with some similarities to the South African and Brazilian strains, a government advisory commission said today.
One of the new species, first detected in Bristol, has been identified as a cause for concern by the Advisory Group on New and Emerging Respiratory Viral Threats.
The other variety, first identified in Liverpool, has been identified by the group as an option under study.
The new varieties have the E484K mutation, which occurs in the virus’s spiny protein, and represents the same change seen in the South African and Brazilian variants that has caused international concern.
Health authorities in England have identified 76 cases of new variants of COVID-19 and are confident that the vaccines will be effective against them.