The emergence of the “Nu” variant has health and government officials concerned COVID-19’s latest iteration could be the “worst seen so far”.
Sky News reporter Ivor Bennett says preliminary investigations suggest the new variant – which has around 30 different mutations – could potentially evade immunity obtained through infection or vaccination.
“The first thing to say is that there is a high level of concern indeed within the British government tonight around this new variant because it is considered, by officials here, to be the worst seen so far,” he said.
“The main difference is the number of mutations, so this new variant has around 30 different mutations and that is twice as many as what the Delta variant had.
“The fear is mutations will help the virus potentially evade immunity that’s been built up by the vaccine and make it more transmissible.”