Spread of New Coronavirus Variant

Anti-epidemic activities in the DPRK

Anti-epidemic activities at Nakrang Trolly Car and Phohang Garment Factory of the DPRK. (Photo Credit Rodong Sinmun)


New variety of coronavirus with great infectivity rapidly widespread

A new variety of COVID-19 that broke out in such countries as the UK and South Africa is rapidly spreading to many countries and regions in the world.


In France, people infected with it numbered some 40 on January 9, but such cases soared up to about 2 000 on January 19.


It has been reported that 200 to 300 people contract this variety on a daily average in the country.


In Belgium, the number of children under 9 getting this type of virus increased by 84 percent in the recent one week.


It has been revealed that 45 percent of COVID-19 cases have caught the variety in Ireland, though the percentage was 9 two weeks ago.


At an old people's home in Germany, the malignant virus killed 15 people.


The virus was already spread in 32 states in the US and over 470 people have been confirmed to carry the new variety.


The African centre for disease control and prevention announced that the spread of the highly infectious virus variety has triggered the second wave of the pandemic in 40 countries in the continent.


In South Africa, those who recovered from COVID-19 a few months ago are infected with the new viral type.


And in south Korea, 34 people have been confirmed to have contracted it.


Besides, such cases continue to appear in Greece, Lithuania, Senegal, Mexico and other parts of the world.


According to experts, although the novel coronavirus changed at 29 points while undergoing ceaseless alteration, there was no marked difference in its characteristics.


However, it was proved that the new virus variety detected in the UK in September last year underwent a remarkable change at the point of spike protein in such a way as to better combine with cells and that the spike protein of the new variety identified in South Africa and Brazil also grew in penetration power.


Foreign media outlets reported that the infectivity of the new variety has become 70 percent higher than the original type at the maximum, expressing the concern that the novel coronavirus is gradually evolving into a type with higher infectivity.


(Pyongyang Times - February 6, 2021)

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