Scientist Neil Ferguson spoke about the dangers of a new mutation of the coronavirus for children.
According to him, the proportion of cases of children infected with the new strain is much higher than that of the already known variant of the disease. The researcher noted that data on the spread of the newly-discovered mutation in the south-east of Britain confirm the high rate of infection among people under 15 years of age.
Earlier, the World Health Organization (WHO) assessed the danger of the new coronavirus mutation. WHO Health Emergencies Program Director Michael Ryan said there is no evidence at this time that the new strain increases the severity of the disease in any way.
A dangerous mutation of the coronavirus was discovered in the United Kingdom in September. So far, about a thousand cases of infection with the new strain have been identified. The mutation has also been detected in patients in Denmark, the Netherlands, and South Africa. The British Advisory Council on New and Emerging Respiratory Viral Threats said this variant of the coronavirus is spreading faster.
More than 20 countries, including Russia, have announced the suspension of transport links with Great Britain.