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New coronavirus strain is 56% more infectious, scientists estimate

(Forbes) A study at the London School of Hygiene And Tropical Medicine found the new coronavirus mutation spreading in the U.K. is upwards of 50% more contagious, less than the figure floated by the government when it instituted harsh lockdowns last week but still enough to dramatically worsen the country’s coronavirus outbreak, researchers suggest.

The study suggests the new coronavirus variant is about 56% more transmissible than previously existing strains.

While scientists believe the strain’s transmissibility is not quite that high, they note the mutation will likely cause far more hospitalizations and deaths next year than the country saw in 2020.

However, researchers maintain there is still no evidence that suggests the new strain is any more dangerous, deadly or resistant to coronavirus vaccines.

(포브스) 런던 위생 열대의학 대학원의 연구는 영국에서 퍼지는 새로운 코로나 바이러스의 돌연변이가 50% 이상 더 전염성이 높다는 것을 발견했습니다.

하지만, 연구원들은 새로운 변종이 위험하거나, 치명적이거나, 코로나 바이러스 백신에 저항력이 있다는 증거는 여전히 없다고 주장하고 있습니다.

과학자들은 이 변종의 전염성이 그리 높지 않다고 믿고 있지만, 돌연변이가 내년에는 2020년에 보았던 것보다 훨씬 더 많은 입원과 사망을 일으킬 가능성이 있다고 발표했습니다.

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