The double mutation variant which first emerged in India has been found in the UK with a total of 77 cases which scientists have called B.1.617.
Scientists are concerned as thy fear it is more problematic than the South African and Brazilian variants being more infectious and maybe less susceptible to vaccines.
Public Health England said in their latest update that 77 confirmed cases were found in England up to the 14 April and has been classified as a “variant under investigation.”
Scientists fear that the double mutant variant could be more likely to evade the body’s immune responses and be more infectious to the body.
Professor Paul Hunter, of in medicine at the University of East Anglia told The Guardian, “These two escape mutations working together could be a lot more problematic than the South African and Brazilian variants who have only got one escape mutation.
“It might be even less controlled by vaccine than the Brazilian and South African variants.”
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