Mutation in every fourth positive Corona sample in Berlin

Mutation in every fourth positive Corona sample in Berlin

The percentage of the more infectious variant B.1.1.7 in the coronavirus cases in Berlin has continued to increase.

Samples for a PCR test are packed by a laboratory technician

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Samples for a PCR test are packed by a laboratory technician

The mutant discovered in Great Britain was detected in 25 percent of the positive samples from the past week, a spokesperson for the health administration said on Wednesday when asked. On Friday, the prevalence had been put at 12 percent, citing figures from the previous week.
The further increase had been expected and also roughly corresponds to the nationwide trend. On Tuesday, the Association of Accredited Laboratories in Medicine (ALM) had spoken of a share of the variant in random samples of just under 30 per cent for Germany. The figures take into account that the people whose samples were tested last week may have been infected one to two weeks earlier. Presumably, the proportion could be even higher by now.
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The virus variant B.1.1.7 is estimated to be at least 35 percent more contagious than earlier forms of the coronavirus. This means that on average, there are more subsequent cases for every infected person. The exact causes of the effect are not yet clear. It is also feared, based on the experiences of other European countries, that the share of the variant will continue to increase rapidly and significantly. This is considered a major risk for the opening plans. The downward trend in case numbers in Berlin has already stopped recently.

Source: dpa

| Last edited: Wednesday, 24. February 2021 12:37 Uhr

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