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Covid UK: Boris Johnson to hold 5pm press conference as concerns grow over Indian variant

Added 04-20-21 11:36:08am EST - “Data from the UK Government's official Covid variant tracking programme show cases of the mutant strain have nearly tripled from the 77 detected last week.” - Dailymail.co.uk

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Dailymail.co.uk: “Boris Johnson to hold 5pm Covid press conference amid Inidan variant”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

When and where was it discovered? The variant was first reported by the Indian government in late March. 

How many people in the UK have been infected with it? Matt Hancock revealed there had been 103 cases so far since it was first spotted on February 22.

But Public Health England's latest report, published on April 15, says 77. These were detected in England and Scotland.

What mutations does it have? It has 13 mutations that separate it from the original Covid virus that emerged in China — but the two main ones are named E484Q and L452R.

Scientists suspect these two alterations can help it to transmit faster and to get past immune cells made in response to older variants. 

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