(from Aljazeera.com, 21 December 2020)

A more infectious strain of the virus has emerged in the UK, and while it is no more lethal, scientists say concerns are justified.

A new variant of the pandemic SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus is spreading rapidly in the United Kingdom and prompting high levels of concern among its European neighbours, some of which have cut transport links.

The strain, referred to by some experts as the B.1.1.7 lineage, is not the first new variant of the pandemic virus to emerge, but is said to be up to 70 percent more transmissible than the previously dominant strain in the UK.

Are concerns justified?

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