A new COVID-19 strain will dissipate faster, the UK medical chief says

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LONDON (Reuters) – A new strain of COVID-19 identified in the UK could spread more quickly and emergency work is underway to prove it does not cause a higher mortality rate, said England’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty, Saturday.

“As announced on Monday, the UK has identified a new variant of Covid-19 through the Public Health England genomic study,” Whitty said in a statement.

“As a result of the rapid new release, initial modeling data and rapidly rising frequency rates in the South East, the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Risk Advisory Group (NERVTAG) now believes that the new pressures dissipate faster. ”

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