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Treatment of many life-threatening diseases has taken a backseat around the world as hospitals are swamped by coronavirus patients

Akash Podishetty Hyderabad
How UK scientists tracked down the new virus variant

Starting late September, the southern part of England was seeing an unsually rapid rise in infections even as the remaining regions were beginning to see a dip. Puzzled by it, scientists sought to find if there was any super-spreader event that leading the trend, but only to discover later that was not the case. A new variant, 70 per cent more transmissible, was detected in early December. The new variant links back to an outbreak in September after scientists turned to an expert team that was monitoring genomic sequencing in the country.

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First Published: Dec 24 2020 | 2:24 PM IST

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