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Coronavirus: Extra contagious mutation accounts for half of latest Dutch instances

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  • Coronavirus mutation, first detected in UK, brought on half of all new infections by Jan 26, says well being minister
  • Final week, well being authorities stated the brand new variant was answerable for round a 3rd of all new instances
  • Authorities has repeatedly warned that new mutations may result in a brand new wave of infections

AMSTERDAM: Dutch well being minister Hugo de Jonge stated Monday that the coronavirus mutation first detected within the UK has brought on half of all new infections within the Netherlands by January 26.

Final week, well being authorities stated the brand new, extra contagious variant was answerable for round a 3rd of all new infections within the Netherlands.

The ‘British mutation’ was seen to be virtually 50% extra contagious than the older variant, primarily based on calculations up till January 14, De Jonge wrote in a letter to parliament.

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The Dutch authorities has repeatedly warned that new mutations may result in a brand new wave of infections within the coming weeks, regardless of a gentle drop within the variety of COVID-19 instances for the reason that begin of the yr.

To cease the unfold of latest mutations, a nighttime curfew was added to an already broad lockdown final week.

However in a primary step in direction of easing measures, the federal government on Sunday determined to reopen major faculties as of subsequent week, as younger youngsters have been nonetheless seen to be enjoying solely a marginal position within the transmission of the illness.

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Dutch media on Monday reported that the federal government was additionally contemplating scrapping the curfew early subsequent week.

On Monday, the variety of new coronavirus infections within the Netherlands dropped to its lowest degree in 4 months, at 3,280.

Because the begin of the pandemic virtually 1 million coronavirus infections within the Netherlands have been reported, with over 14,000 deaths.

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