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New strains of COVID become 70% more infectious

15:46, 13 January 2021
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Research carried out by Chinese scientists has clearly demonstrated that the new strains of COVID-19 have become even more infectious, said Feng Zijian, deputy director-general of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, TASS reports.


Preliminary studies of the new strains of coronavirus that have appeared as a result of mutations indicate that their infectivity has increased by 10-70 percent, said Zijian.

Some time ago, representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Russia, Melita Vujnovic, emphasized that any mutation of COVID-19 complicates the situation with the pandemic.

In this regard, the expert called for regular monitoring of the behavior of the virus to determine whether it can affect mortality or the severity of the disease.

A coronavirus vaccine developed by China’s Sinovac showed ‘general efficacy’ of 50.38 percent in a late-stage trial in Brazil, NEWS.ru reported earlier.