The new mutation accounts for roughly 70% of analyzed strains, while 30% is linked to the less aggressive mutation strain.
The more aggressive mutation strain is now called the L type, while the less aggressive strain is called the S type.
It’s highly probable that the frightening speed at which Covid-19 spread during the early stages of the outbreak in Wuhan was due to the L type coronavirus.
However, its ferocity seems to be short-lived as the frequency of this aggressive strain has decreased since January.
The scientists are cautious to say that data on the Covid-19 is still very limited, emphasizing a need for follow-up studies with a larger set of data to make a surer conclusion on the evolution and epidemiology of Covid-19.
For an up-to-date timeline of the Covid-19 issue in Malaysia, check out our TLDR story here.
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