There are many questions yet to be answered but Finnish researchers who made the discovery said the variant shared some mutations previously discovered in the Kent and South African strains, but in a combination they called “unique”.
They did not provide any more information, but they aren’t thought to be the changes which make those strains more transmissible and immune-resistant.
British scientists today were quick to allay fears about the new Finish strain.
Dr Simon Clarke, an infectious disease expert at the University of Reading, told MailOnline: “There’s no evidence there’s anything to worry about yet.”
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