While the world is trying to deal with the COVID-19, Malaysia has detected a new strain of the coronavirus which has been found to be 10 times more infection than COVID-19. The same mutated strain was earlier seen in other parts of the world too and called as D614G.
It was found in at least 3 of the 45 cases in a chain of infection which started from a restaurant owner returning from India and not completing his 14-day home quarantine. The man has been sentenced to five months in prison and fined, added the report.
Earlier, Dr Anthony Fauci, America’s top infectious disease expert, has warned that the SARS-CoV-2 virus was showing some signs of mutation in a way that may speed the spread of the virus.
Director-General of Health Noor Hisham Abdullah, said the strain could mean that existing studies on vaccines may be incomplete or ineffective against the mutation of the virus.
“People need to be wary and take greater precautions because this strain has now been found in Malaysia. The people’s cooperation is very needed so that we can together break the chain of infection from any mutation.,” Hisham wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday.
The same mutated strain was also found in another cluster involving individuals returning from Philippines, said the report.
Thought he mutation has become the predominant variant in Europe and the U.S., WHO says that there’s no evidence that the strain leads to more severe disease. Meanwhile, a paper published in Cell Press reported that the mutation is unlikely to have a major impact on the efficacy of vaccines currently being developed across the world.
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