📍WORRISOME—Key things on new 🇬🇧 VUI-202012/01 #SARSCoV2 mutation:— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) December 20, 2020
—Likely more infectious, possibly up to 70% faster transmission.
—R0 increase of ~ +0.4
—23 unique changes, many in spike protein.
—Comprises 62% of recent London cases, 43-59% E/SE. 🧵https://t.co/6ijDao2Wdn pic.twitter.com/uvJQVO7vu6
3) @JeremyFarrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, said that its existence was still "worrying and a real cause for concern. Research is ongoing to understand more, but acting urgently now is critical.”— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) December 20, 2020
➡️”There is **no part of the UK & globally that should not be concerned**.” pic.twitter.com/wwwbHeOiGe
5) “But Professor Whitty said that, as of now, there was no evidence to suggest the new strain affected vaccines and treatments— "urgent work" was under way to confirm this & warned that it was "more vital than ever" that people continued to take action to reduce the spread”— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) December 20, 2020
7) “This variant first appeared in September and by November it was responsible for 28% of the COVID-19 cases in London. By the week of December 9, more than 62% of London's COVID-19 cases were from this new variant, officials said.” …— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) December 20, 2020
8) “"So what this tells us is that this new variant not only moves fast, its increase in terms of its ability to transmit, but it is becoming the dominant variant. It is beating the others in terms of transmission," Vallance said.”— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) December 20, 2020
Coronavirus: New variant of Covid-19 identified in the UK https://t.co/obxpZa3tzT— Stuff (@NZStuff) December 14, 2020
Over 1,000 cases of a new coronavirus variant found in England, minister sayshttps://t.co/l6ga420ofk— Yahoo Singapore (@YahooSG) December 14, 2020