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New COVID-19 mutation in Europe: a coronavirus strain from Africa has been detected in Germany

Germany has detected the first case of a new coronavirus strain 501Y.V2 that was first detected in South Africa.

A family returned from South Africa on December 13 was infected, the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Social Affairs and Integration reported.

The family was quarantined upon arrival in Germany, according to the Ministry. Five days later, all of its members were tested for coronavirus. The test turned out to be negative. However, after a few days they developed coronavirus symptoms.

Additional laboratory tests confirmed infection with a strain from South Africa. Now the coronavirus has been detected in six people from three households.

It is worth noting that the disease with this strain has already been recorded in Canada.

Context. In December 2020, scientists discovered a new coronavirus mutation in the UK. A feature of this strain is its more rapid extension.

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