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New UK COVID-19 Strain May Just Be 'Tip of the Iceberg'

The Jerusalem Post - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Saturday that due to the emergence of a new, fast spreading variant of the novel coronavirus, the country's Christmas plans would have to be canceled, imposing an effective lockdown on more than 16 million people.

Johnson said that the new strain was up to 70% more transmissible than the original virus, leading him to rethink Britain's planned easing of restrictions for the holiday.

Prof. Jacob Moran-Gilad, a medical specialist in clinical microbiology and public health from Ben-Gurion University’s School of Public Health, and a member of Israel’s Pandemic Management Team, spoke with The Jerusalem Post on Sunday, saying that while coronavirus mutations are relatively commonplace, the new mutation in the UK may be “just the tip of the iceberg.”

“While it has not yet been definitively proven that the strain is more infectious,” Moran-Gilan said, “the numbers Johnson presented on Saturday were a projection, based on data that shows a recent rise in infections in areas where this specific mutation was found.”

“Mutations in viruses are nothing new, neither are they new to COVID-19,” he said. He said that there are currently....READ MORE

The Jerusalem Post is a centrist broadsheet newspaper based in Jerusalem, founded in 1932 during the British Mandate of Palestine by Gershon Agron as The Palestine Post. In 1950, it changed its name to The Jerusalem Post.



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