A new mutated variant of the coronavirus was discovered in Germany.
Officials in Bavaria say it is different from the British and South African variants that have spread around the world.
It has been detected in 35 patients in hospitals in the area, reports the Sun.
Scientists have yet to determine whether it is more deadly or contagious than other variants in circulation – like the British variant B-117, which is more than 70 percent more transmissible than other strains.
The B-117 variant, first found in southern England in September, contributed to the UK’s third national lockdown.
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While the South African variant, reported by Health Secretary Matt Hancock on December 23, has halted all flights into the country.
Great Britain has now imposed travel bans on 19 countries in two Brazilian variants, most of which are in South America.
Local media in Bavaria reported for the first time on Monday about the new strain, which was detected in 35 patients in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in southeast Germany.
In one hospital, 35 people have the new variant from 73 newly infected patients.
Scientists from the Charité University Clinic in Berlin examine the samples.
The hospital’s deputy medical director, Clemens Stockklausne, said: “At the moment we have discovered a small point mutation … and it is absolutely not clear whether it will be of clinical relevance.
“We have to wait for the sequencing to be complete.”
Scientists have warned that after a surge of 230 million cases worldwide, there are more mutant strains of coronavirus on the move every day.
Researchers say the more people become infected with the virus, the greater the chance it will develop – resulting in more infectious variants.
In the United States alone, three indigenous tribes have been spotted less than 24 hours apart.
Trevor Bedford, a scientist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, posted a thread on Twitter outlining his thesis.
The expert said: “After 10 months of relative calm we have seen a remarkable development of SARS-CoV-2 with a repeated evolutionary pattern in the worrying SARS-CoV-2 variants from the UK, South Africa and Brazil.
“… My (highly speculative!) Hypothesis is that the appearance of these variant viruses occurs in chronic infections where the immune system puts great pressure on the virus to escape immunity, and the virus does so by doing really well is in cells. “
He speculated that a weaker immune system makes the virus linger, which means it has to be fought over and over in order for it to develop.
By staying with chronic patients, the virus mutates and becomes even more contagious than before.
“Again, this hypothesis is very speculative at this point, but the fact that we have seen three worrying variants since September suggests that more are likely to follow,” he said.
Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister agreed today to extend the lockdown on most shops and schools until February 14th in order to contain the corona virus.
They also agreed to use medical masks for passengers on public transport, according to sources familiar with the ongoing discussions. The existing ban runs until January 31st.
New infections have decreased in the last few days and pressure on intensive care units has eased slightly, but virologists are concerned about the possible spread of more infectious variants of the virus.
The federal government has proposed to improve aid for businesses due to the extension, as a draft of the resolution under discussion showed. The federal government will also set up a working group to create a draft for a safe and fair opening strategy, the draft says.
“The number of infections has been falling or stagnating for several weeks, and that is a good thing,” said Berlin Mayor Michael Müller to German television. “Now we are facing a very aggressive mutation that we have to respond to.”
He said a focus is on promoting work from home.
“There’s a lot more room for maneuver,” said Mueller, adding that employees must justify why employees had to travel to work.
Heads of state or government would also discuss curfews, which are already in place in some states, but are unlikely to be imposed anywhere, he said.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases had risen by 11,369 to 2.05 million, as the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Tuesday. The death toll rose by 989