New COVID strain – 23, found in the UK is 68% more infectious, meaning that 2021, the number of deaths from coronavirus will increase, experts say at the Center for Mathematical Modeling of Infectious Diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
The mutated virus does not give new complications, but many more people will become infected with it.
Scientists have compared the old and new strains for a number of parameters and published their findings in a report on the Center’s website.
The strain itself is no more dangerous than other options coronavirus. But due to its greater infectiousness, it spreads faster and can affect more people. Thus, the number of infected people will increase, which means that the number of hospitalizations and deaths will increase, “-
informs Forbes with a link to the study.
The study has not yet been evaluated by the expert community, so these conclusions can be considered preliminary.
However, experts warn that it is necessary to accelerate the introduction of the vaccine and not to relax restrictive measures during a pandemic … They may even have to be seriously strengthened.
The coronavirus strain with 23 new mutations were discovered in the UK in early December.
23 December, Prime Minister Boris Johnson officially announced it, warning that, according to preliminary data, the new strain may be more infectious on 70%.
But the World Health Organization has not yet confirmed the increased lethality of the new strain.