This new mutation gives Covid-19 an infection turbo boost

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This new mutation gives Covid-19 an infection turbo boost

D614G makes the virus spread more easily, but doesn’t raise the risk of death or mean longer hospital stays

Laura Donnelly and Jack Hardy

A more infectious mutation of Covid-19 is now the most dominant strand of the virus, with clusters forming more quickly than was the case in Wuhan, a genetic expert has warned.

Prof Nick Loman, of the University of Birmingham, said the mutation, known as D614G, meant transmission was speedier – but no more deadly – than had first been the case. The variant now made up 75% of cases in the world.

Loman, who is part of the Covid-19 Genomics Consortium (https://www.cogconsortium.uk/), said the new mutation of the virus did not seem to cause a greater risk of death or lengthier hospital stays, but to make it spread more easily...

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