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Chinese scientists have declared a coronavirus mutation

Chinese scientists have declared a coronavirus mutation
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Scientists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences studied a new type of coronavirus. According to them, only recently the virus has seriously mutated and now there are two subspecies - one is infectious of the other.

As the TASS, The Academy studied 103 samples of a new type of coronavirus and found that only lately 149 mutations have appeared in it, which can be divided into two subtypes: S and L. At the same time, about a third of the samples are S-type, and most are L. Scientists call the second type of virus more contagious.

Along with this, the detected subtypes are separated by origin. Subtype S is more consistent with the virus detected in bats, and type L - which began to spread in Wuhan.

Worldwide from a new strain of coronavirus died about 3,4% from all reported cases of COVID-19. In comparison, less than 1% of those infected usually die from seasonal flu. The WHO Director-General recently called on the world community to prepare for a possible coronavirus pandemic

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