Kent Variant of CCP Virus Likely to ‘Sweep the World’: UK Expert
The CCP virus variant first found in southeast England is on course to “sweep the world,” a British expert in microbiology has said.
Professor Sharon Peacock, director of the COVID-19 Genomics UK consortium, said that the B117 strain, commonly referred to as the UK variant or the Kent variant, is not just more transmissible than the original strain but has been reported to be “slightly more lethal” as well, though evidence for its higher lethality is not yet firmly established.
“What’s really affected us at the moment is transmissibility,” she told the BBC’s “Newscast” podcast on Wednesday, as “the number of deaths and illness that it caused simply by being much more transmissible cause numerically more problems for people in this country.”
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