What you should know about new variants

chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2020-12-30 06:40
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A woman wearing a face mask walks across Westminster Bridge past the Houses of Parliament, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in London, Britain, Dec 22, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

2. Is it more infectious than other variants?

Actually, yes.

It was first detected in September. In November around a quarter of the cases in London were the new variant. This reached nearly two-thirds of cases in mid-December.

British scientists believed that the new variant's transmissibility increased by 50 to 70 percent, and it could make children as susceptible to infection as adults.

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