Scientists Raise Alarm About Mega-Mutated COVID Strain squib

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Concern over a mega-mutated strain of COVID has grown in the last 24 hours, with new variant spreading in South Africa and two cases detected in Hong Kong.

Scientists are rushing to determine how transmissible the strain is, whether it’s more likely to evade the vaccine, and whether it causes more severe illness than other versions.

“This is clearly a variant that we must be very serious about,” Ravindra Gupta, professor of clinical microbiology at the University of Cambridge, told the Associated Press.

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