The UK is dealing with… 16 variants of Covid-19

According to the Mirror, in the past 24 hours, the UK has 37,622 new cases of Covid-19. On September 6 alone, about 1,063 people were hospitalized due to Covid-19 in the UK, the highest level since February 24 this year.

The latest government data shows that there are currently 16 variants of Covid-19 raging in the UK, the most common being the Delta variant.

Here are the 16 variations listed in the Mirror newspaper:

Alpha

The Alpha variant was first discovered in the UK and was sequenced in September 2020. The UK has so far recorded 277,951 cases of the Alpha variant.

This variant is now spread to more than 50 countries. The N501Y mutation in the Alpha variant may help the virus spread more easily.

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A woman gets a Covid-19 vaccine in London. Photo: LNP

Beta

The Beta variant was first discovered in South Africa and sequenced in the UK last December. Only 1,110 cases of the Beta variant have been confirmed in the UK so far.

In addition to possessing the N501Y mutation similar to the Alpha variant, the Beta variant also carries an important mutation E484K that helps the virus evade the body’s immune system.

Delta

More than 669,000 cases of the Delta variant have been recorded in the UK so far. The UK Department of Health says two doses of the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccines are more than 90 per cent effective against the Delta variant.

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Britain eased Covid-19 restrictions 2 months ago. Photo: Daily Mirror

VOC-21FEB-02

The UK currently has 46 cases of variant VOC-21FEB-02 – first detected in the UK in December 2020.

Gamma

This variant was first detected in Japan among travelers from Brazil in January 2021. A month later, it appeared in the UK. A total of 178 cases of the Gamma variant have been confirmed in the UK so far.

The Gamma variant also possesses the N501Y mutation plus the E484K mutation, which helps the virus to bypass the body’s immune system.

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He is concerned that Covid-19 will break out when workers return to work. Photo: Reuters

Kappa

First discovered in India, the Kappa variant later emerged in the UK and has infected 517 people to date.

FUN – 21APR-03

This variant was also first detected in India, having infected 18 people in the UK. Little is known about the VUI variant – 21APR-03.

VUI-21FEB-01

This variant was first discovered in the UK in December 2020. So far, the UK has recorded 79 cases of VUI-21FEB-01 variant.

And

First detected in the UK in December last year, the Eta variant has infected 512 people in the country, while also appearing in at least 23 other countries.

FUN-21FEB-04

This variant was first detected in the UK with 314 people infected.

Zeta

This variant was first discovered in Brazil and sequenced in the UK in November 2020. About 60 cases of the Zeta variant have been recorded in the UK.

Theta

This variant was first detected in the Philippines and has infected seven people in the UK.

FUN-21MAY-01

There have been 185 people with the VUI-21MAY-01 variant in the UK so far.

HAPPY-21MAY-02

First spotted in Thailand (in a group of tourists from Egypt), this variant is very rare. A total of 158 cases of variant VUI-21MAY-02 were detected in the UK.

Lambda

This variant was first detected in Peru in August 2020 and has infected nine people in the UK.

Mu

This is a rare variant with 53 cases of this variant in the UK.

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