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New coronavirus mutation detected in southern Germany

13:02, 18 January 2021
New coronavirus mutation detected in southern Germany Photo: Klaus-Dietmar Gabbert/dpa/Global Look Press

A new variation of COVID-19 was detected in the German federal state of Bavaria during a coronavirus outbreak in a clinic in the city of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Münchner Merkur reported.

According to the newspaper, 73 people were infected with the coronavirus in the medical facility. Among them are employees and patients. At the same time, three of them were diagnosed with a previously unknown strain of COVID-19. Analyzes for further research were sent to the Charité – Berlin University of Medicine.

Scientists have found that an entirely new variation of the coronavirus was spreading in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. However, experts do not yet know its features.

According to Charité, more than 12,000 COVID-19 mutations have been recorded in the world. The greatest concern among specialists is the so-called UK strain due to its high infectivity.

German epidemiologist and a politician of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), Karl Lauterbach, said that the emergence of new coronavirus mutations entails many dangerous consequences, which, in turn, give rise to new risks, NEWS.ru reported earlier.