Covid alarm in the United Kingdom, two new variants of Coronavirus identified: hundreds of cases already registered

Covid alarm in the United Kingdom, two new variants of Coronavirus identified: hundreds of cases already registered

In the United Kingdom two new ones have been identified variants from Coronavirus. This was announced by the health authorities who have already found hundreds of positive cases: 700 to the variant BQ.1nicknamed “Cerberus” and on which the ECDC had already launched a alarm on growth in Europe, and 18 to the variant XBB extension. As reported by The Independentboth new virus mutations would derive from Omicron and they would be very resistant both to the antibodies of those who have already fallen ill with Covid and to current vaccines. “The biggest concern is that in early data these variants are starting to lead to a slight increase in new infections – said the virologist Lawrence Young to the English newspaper – Although we expected it, this shows that we have not yet completely put this virus behind us ». In fact, experts fear that the spread of these two new sub-variants could lead to new waves of infections in Europe and North America in November. The British health authorities are still studying the new mutations and the trend of the contagion curve. According to Cornelius Roemerbiologist interviewed byindependent, the trends of these weeks are very different from what we have seen so far. «Omicron it was perhaps the first variant that managed to escape immunity and for this reason it caused a great wave of infections – explains Roemer – Now, for the first time we see many variants emerging simultaneously and they all have very similar mutations». Experts then warned the government of the danger of reducing activity tests and swabs. Without adequately tracing the diffusion of the new variant, in fact, one cannot be aware of the actual risks. At present, neither BQ.1 nor XBB has been classified as “worrisome variants”according to the guidelines of the ISS and WHO.

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