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‘Double mutant’ Covid variant spotted in the UK

According to data published by the UK Public Health Center (PHE), the twice-mutated Indian variant, called B.1.617, was reported in 77 people in England and Scotland.

73 cases were reported in England and four were reported in Scotland, while the UK Public Health center stated that the variant was first seen in the UK.


In the news of Guardian, it was stated that the variant was already examined in detail, and it was reported that it would be taken into ‘alarming’ status if it was found to be more dangerous than other variants.

The ‘double mutant’ Covid-19 variant, called the B.1.617 variant, was first seen in India and later detected in California.


In the report, it was stated that the ‘double mutant’ Covid-19 variant contains two mutations in the spike protein of the virus, which are suggested to increase the ability to escape immune responses.

While it is stated that the variant can be transmitted more easily, Professor Paul Hunter, a professor of medicine at the University of East Anglia, said that the arrival of the Indian variant is alarming.

“These two mutations that work together and escape from the body’s immunity can be much more problematic than the South African and Brazilian variants with just one mutation,” Hunter said.

In the UK, the Kent (British variant), South African and Brazilian variants have been identified so far.

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