A new variant of the coronavirus is spreading rapidly in the UK, and scientists are yet to provide data to confirm it.
Their claims on modeling projections are based on observing the increase in cases and how many people have the new variant. Further epidemiological and laboratory-based studies are required to support the assertions. Though it spreads faster, it is claimed to be less deadly.
German virologist Christian Drosten expressed his views by posing the question that whether the new variant was boosted by an impending new wave in the south-east England region, or was it responsible for creating the wave in the first place. He also pointed out that it was discovered in other countries like the Netherlands, where it has not multiplied significantly faster.
The World Health Organization has advised all countries to assess their local transmission levels and apply appropriate prevention and control activities, including adapting public health and social measures as per their guidance.
The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19 including symptoms, prevention and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organisation or your national healthcare authority.