Two new variants of coronavirus found in England under investigation

Two new COVID-19 variants, one ofwhich has been classified as a “concern”, have been identifiedin England with some similarities to the South African andBrazilian variants, a government advisory scientific committeesaid on Tuesday. One of the new variants, first identified in Bristol, hasbeen designated a “Variant of Concern”, by the New and EmergingRespiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group. The new variants have the E484K mutation, which occurs onthe spike protein of the virus, which is the same change as hasbeen seen in the South African and Brazilian variants that havecaused international concern.

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