Delta ‘Plus’ Covid variant may be more transmissible

A new mutated form of coronavirus that some are calling “Delta Plus” may spread more easily than regular Delta, UK experts now say.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has moved it up into the “variant under investigation” category, to reflect this possible risk.

There is no evidence yet that it causes worse illness.

And scientists are confident that existing vaccines should still work well to protect people.

Although regular Delta still accounts for most Covid infections in the UK, cases of “Delta Plus” or AY.4.2 have been increasing.

Latest official data suggests 6% of Covid cases are of this type.

Experts say it is unlikely to take off in a big way or escape current vaccines. But officials say there is some early evidence that it may have an increased growth rate in the UK compared to Delta.

“This sub-lineage has become increasingly common in the UK in recent months, and there is some early evidence that it may have an increased growth rate in the UK compared to Delta,” the UKHSA said.

Unlike Delta, however, it is not yet considered a “variant of concern” – the highest category assigned to variants according to their level of risk.

There are thousands of different types – or variants – of Covid circulating across the world. Viruses mutate all the time, so it is not surprising to see new versions emerge.

AY.4.2 is an offshoot of Delta that includes some new mutations affecting the spike protein, which the virus uses to penetrate our cells.

The mutations – Y145H and A222V – have been found in various other coronavirus lineages since the beginning of the pandemic.

A few cases have also been identified in the US. There had been some in Denmark, but new infections with AY.4.2 have since gone down there.

The UK is already offering booster doses of Covid vaccine to higher risk people ahead of winter, to make sure they have the fullest protection against coronavirus.

There is no suggestion that a new update of the vaccine will be needed to protect against any of the existing variants of the pandemic virus.

Dr Jenny Harries, Chief Executive of the UKHSA, said: “The public health advice is the same for all current variants. Get vaccinated and, for those eligible, come forward for your third or booster dose as appropriate as soon as you are called.

“Continue to exercise caution. Wear a mask in crowded spaces and, when meeting people indoors, open windows and doors to ventilate the room. If you have symptoms take a PCR test and isolate at home until you receive a negative result.” (Courtesy BBC)

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  1. I published the following article on my website on 12/o8/2020, well before Delta virus appeared on the surface.

    I BELIEVE THAT DEADLY VIRUSES ARE YET TO BE RELEASED.

    This is a battle between the powerful and the poor countries. Specifically speaking, the wise and powerful leaders want to keep their status, and also to make sure that poor countries remain the same. Where the Western countries will end up, if India, South America and Africa use the massive population to create wealth and power as China does?

    China didn’t create any virus to grow this much. I believe the West is behind the COVID 19 for the following reasons.

    The first reason is to isolate China to keep the West’s world dominant power.

    Second reason: lockdown creates job losses and income losses. This reduces the people’s buying capacity (China’s products). This strategy slows China’s profits and growth, so the West has enough time to think and act to undermine China.

    Third reason: China has been using the massive population to create wealth through the manufacturing sector. India also follows China’s manufacturing strategy. If India comes up as China, the West will fall automatically. For this reason, as well as climate change issues, the West will do everything to reduce the population in developing countries. However, the West will continue to trick India that the West is willing to make India the world factory.

    The West doesn’t want South Asia, Africa, or South America to utilise the population to come up as China does. Currently, China is a threat to the Western powers, because it is developing itself very quickly and enlightening the majority world to come out from the western trap. Thus, the West will continue to isolate China and get rid of the developing countries’ population through deadly viruses. Otherwise, the West’s 700 hundred years of world dominant power will come to an end.

    In 2015, Bill Gates predicted the pandemic and concluded millions of people will die. “If anything kills over 10 million people in the next few decades, it’s most likely to be a highly infectious virus rather than a war,” Gates said. “Not missiles, but microbes.” I believe that the worst is yet to come. Gates was revealing what the US was planning to do. The US playing wisely, but China is not. That is why Huawei is done, but Microsoft is doing well all around the world. The US can spy on others intelligently through Microsoft. The US government kept its distance from Microsoft by choosing Bill Gates to fool the world that Microsoft has nothing to do with the US government. Please note, the first email was used during the 2nd World War. It was a collective innovation by the talented Americans through the funds of the US government. I don’t believe that a university dropout can be the guru of Information Technology and the world pandemic. I believe that Bill Gates works closely with the US government. He is a mouthpiece of the American superpower.

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