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  News   World  17 Aug 2020  10 times more infectious coronavirus strain found in Malaysia

10 times more infectious coronavirus strain found in Malaysia

ROZANA SPOKESMAN
Published Aug 17, 2020, 12:45 pm IST
Updated Aug 17, 2020, 12:45 pm IST
As the world is already battling to the increasing cases of Covid-19 day by day, Malaysia has detected a strain of the new coronavirus
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As the world is already battling to the increasing cases of Covid-19 day by day, Malaysia has detected a strain of the new coronavirus which is 10 times more infectious.

As per reports, the mutation named D614G was found in at least three of the 45 cases in a cluster that started from a restaurant owner who returned from India. The man had breached his 14-day home quarantine and currently serving his 5 months term in prison for that.

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The existing vaccine studies can be incomplete or ineffective against this mutation, said Director-General of Health Noor Hisham Abdullah.

“People need to be aware and be more careful because the Covid-19 virus with D614G mutation has been detected in Malaysia," he wrote in a Facebook post.

The mutation has become the predominant variant in Europe and the US, however, the World Health Organization has already said there’s no evidence the strain leads to more severe disease.Covid-19Covid-19

According to the research, a variant of the novel coronavirus, named 'D614G', is more infectious in cell cultures under laboratory conditions.

However, another one published that the mutation is not likely to have a major impact on the effectiveness of vaccines which are currently being developed.

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