The number of countries in which new strains of coronavirus are found continues to grow. This was reported by the World Health Organization (WHO), TASS reports.
Over the past week, the “British” mutation of the VOC 202012/01 virus was identified in seven more countries. The total number of states where this strain is present has reached 101. It is specified that the “local transmission” of the strain has been recorded in 45 countries. The proportion of those infected has increased, particularly in Europe.
In addition, a variant of the 501Y.V2 coronavirus from South Africa has been detected in five countries. The total number of countries with the identified strain has grown to 51.
It is also noted that the P.1 strain, which was originally identified in Brazil and Japan, has spread to eight new states. Now there are 29 such countries.
Earlier, the WHO confirmed that the South African strain of the coronavirus, like the British, is more infectious than the original version of the virus. At the same time, it was clarified that this feature of the strain does not affect the severity of the disease.