Covid19 – MU variant reported in 40 countries
The Mu variant of the coronavirus was alerted by the WHO as being responsible for a growing number of Covid-19 cases in Colombia in South America and other countries. The variant, officially termed as B.1.621, “has been designated as a Variant of Interest as it has some mutations that need to be studied for their potential impact on the body’s immune response.”
The global health agency said it continues to monitor Mu for changes in South America, especially in areas where it is co-circulating with the Delta variant. Maria van Kerkhove, head of WHO’s emerging diseases unit, said circulation of the variant is decreasing globally but needs to be observed closely.
Last month the World Health Organization (WHO) designated Mu a “variant of interest.” Now the strain has been detected in some 40 countries. Last month the World Health Organization (WHO) designated Mu a “variant of interest.” Now the strain has been detected in some 40 countries.
Mu has a mutation called P681H, first reported in the alpha variant, that is potentially responsible for faster transmission. However, this study is still in preprint, meaning its findings have yet to be formally reviewed by other scientists. P681H’s effects on the virus’s behaviour aren’t just sure yet.
The Delta variant of Covid-19, initially reported in India, remains the dominant mutation in Finland at the moment. It has been identified in 95 percent of the samples sent for sequencing during the past two months.