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New Covid-19 strain up to nine times more infectious, scientists warn

Researchers are concerned that the newer, dominant strain will affect the potency of vaccines being tested

Senior science reporter

Covid-19 has thrown another spiked curve-ball at the human population, this time in the form of a new strain that spreads far more quickly than the previous one.

According to a study published in life sciences journal Cell, it is no deadlier than the earlier strain, but spreads three to nine times faster.

The researchers, led by theoretical biologist Bette Korber, of the US’s Los Alamos National Laboratory, went public on CNN recently, warning that the new strain (called G614) is “now the dominant form infecting people”...

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