Malaysia detects new coronavirus strain that’s 10 times more infectious

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Published: August 17,2020 02:58 PM
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August 17, 2020: While the world is dealing with COVID-19 pandemic, Malaysia has detected a new strain of the novel coronavirus that’s found to be 10 times more infectious, according to report.

August 17, 2020: While the world is dealing with COVID-19 pandemic, Malaysia has detected a new strain of the novel coronavirus that’s found to be 10 times more infectious, according to report.



Earlier, Dr Anthony Fauci, America’s top infectious disease expert, has warned that the SARS-CoV-2 virus was showing some signs of mutation in a way that may speed the spread of the virus.





According to a report from Bloomberg, the mutation - called D614G -was found in at least three of the 45 cases in a cluster that started from a restaurant owner. The man, who returned from India and breached his 14-day home quarantine, has since been sentenced to five months in prison and fined, added the report.



The report, quoting Director-General of Health Noor Hisham Abdullah, said the strain could mean that existing studies on vaccines may be incomplete or ineffective against the mutation of the virus.



“People need to be wary and take greater precautions because this strain has now been found in Malaysia. The people’s cooperation is very needed so that we can together break the chain of infection from any mutation,” Hisham wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday.



The strain was also found in another cluster involving individuals returning from the Philippines, said the report.





Since it was first identified in Wuhan, China, in December last year, scientists have spotted mutations or changes to the coronavirus’ genetic material. Although the virus mutation has become the predominant variant in Europe and the US, the World Health Organization had said that there’s no evidence the strain can result in a more severe illness.



Meanwhile, a paper published in Cell Press reported that the mutation is unlikely to have a major impact on the efficacy of vaccines currently being developed across the world.



 


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