Newly discovered coronavirus strain is 10 times more infectious, experts claim

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Experts claim they have found a new strain of the deadly coronavirus which is as much as 10 times more infectious than others.

The mutation, observed in other parts of the world, was found in at least three of the 45 cases in a cluster understood to have started at a restaurant.

It happened after the owner who had returned from India breached his 14-day quarantine.

He has since been sentenced for to five months behind bars and also fined.

Another strain was found in a group returning to the country from the Philippines.

Top US immunologist Dr Anthony Fauci said the new mutation might help with the spread of coronavirus.

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There are fears the new strain could mean existing studies on vaccines are incomplete or might even be ineffective against the mutation, Director-General of Health Noor Hisham Abdullah said.

The mutation has become the more prominent variant in Europe and the US.

But, the World Health Organisation has said there is no evidence to suggest the strain leads to more severe cases of the disease.

Thankfully, a piece published in Cell Press said it is unlikely to have a major impact on vaccines currently in development.

Still, Dr Abdullah wanted people to remain vigilant then added: “People need to be wary and take greater precautions because this strain has now been found in Malaysia.”

The expert continued: “The peoples' cooperation is needed so that we can together break the chain of infection from any mutation.”

Malaysia has managed to prevent a large-scale outbreak of the disease.

On Saturday the country confirmed there were 25 new cases, the most since July 28, and another 25 on Sunday.

Meanwhile, in the UK, Covid-19 restrictions put in parts of northern England could be relaxed later this week.

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, now believes that rules limiting people from mixing with other households in homes or gardens will be relaxed.

He told the Mirror : “Hopefully, we will begin to see some people getting released.

“If things stay as they are I think it is likely that we would see a change.”

  • World Health Organisation
  • Coronavirus

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