The Free Press Journal | 24/12/2020 07:54 PM | Click to read full article
Not a lot is known yet about this latest mutation. While the UK government has struck a cautionary note, the new strain appears to have originated in South Africa. Or at least, it appears to have manifested in the UK through cases linked to South Africa.
When the first mutation was discovered, officials had assured that while it was far more infectious, there was no evidence to suggest that it could cause a more severe illness.