“There has been an increase in the spread of the AY.4.2 series since July,” the WHO said in its weekly update on the epidemic.
There are three additional mutations in the line, two of which are in spike protein.
The AY.4.2 series has been uploaded to the GISAID Global Database from 43 countries. 93% are from the UK, where there has been a gradual increase in the rate of new cases.
This inheritance accounted for 5.9% of all delta variation cases reported in the UK in the first week of October 3rd.
According to the WHO, “epidemiological and laboratory studies are ongoing” to establish whether AY.4.2 is highly contagious or weakens antibodies.
The Govt-19 epidemic has killed more than 4.96 million people since the virus was first detected in China in late 2019, according to an AFP report established from official sources. In total, more than 244 million cases have been identified.
Last week, the number of new cases was 4% higher than the previous week, with 2.9 million new infections registered. Europe is the only region in the world to report an increase.
The total death toll rose 5% to more than 49,000.
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