FT: More contagious variation of delta strain of coronavirus spreads in UK

In the UK, the proportion of infections with the AY.4.2 variant of coronavirus, which originated from the “delta” strain, is growing, now it accounts for about 10% of cases of COVID-19 infection in the country, reports Financial Times with reference to scientists. It is assumed that the new form of infection may be more infectious than the delta variant.

According to Jeffrey Barrett, director of the Wenger Institute at the Cambridge Genome Research Center, and Francois Ballou, director of the Institute of Genetics at University College London, AY.4.2 may be 10-15% more infectious than delta. If the preliminary data is confirmed, AY.4.2 could be considered the most infectious strain of the coronavirus, said Mr Ballou.

However, he urged not to make premature conclusions. “Great Britain is the only country where it has become so widespread, and I still do not exclude that the increase in the number of diseases with it is an accidental demographic event,” the scientist said.

Earlier, Denis Protsenko, the chief physician of the covid hospital in Kommunarka, said that the delta strain dominates in Russia. According to him, the situation with coronavirus in the country is almost critical, infectious mono hospitals are working in a very busy mode.

Read about the situation with the coronavirus in Russia in the material of “Kommersant” “Fighting the infection with rest.”

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