OREANDA-NEWS. A new mutant strain of the coronavirus found in the UK may prove to be more infectious and less susceptible to vaccines than the Brazilian and South African variants.

In a statement to RIA Novosti, the agency said: "The Office of Public Health has given the status of" option under consideration "to a new strain of coronavirus. The variant, first identified in India, has several mutations ... The agency has identified 77 cases in the UK, all public health measures will be adopted, including enhanced contact identification. "

According to Paul Hunter, professor of medicine at the University of East Anglia, the new virus strain has two protein mutations at once, which can create big problems. The professor explained that the new variant of the virus has two protein mutations at once. In the future, such a property can deliver serious threats.

"It may turn out to be even less controlled by vaccines than the Brazilian and South African variants," the expert told reporters.

Earlier, the British strain of coronavirus infection was detected in 132 states. This was announced by the World Health Organization. The number of countries in which the South African strain of infection was found has also increased - 82 states. The distribution of the P.1 strain found in Japan and Brazil has increased to 52 countries.

Doctors recorded the appearance of mutated strains of coronavirus infection in South Africa, Brazil and the UK in December 2020. These variants of coronavirus infection spread faster and lead to an increase in the number of infections.