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Europe warned of new highly mutated Covid-19 strain

Stockholm, Sep 9 (Prensa Latina) European health officials warned that a new highly mutated variant of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus is circulating throughout the continent and may be behind an increase in Covid-19 cases.

The strain, officially called BA.2.86, also known as Pirola, was detected sporadically in August and might be a factor in the recent noticeable increase in contagions, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) pointed out in a press release, which was quoted by local television.

Healthcare workers urged to redouble Covid-19 vaccination efforts, especially for people at risk of serious illnesses, as the fall and winter approach in the continent.

No evidence Covid-19 emerging variants are associated with a more severe disease or a reduction of vaccine effectiveness, ECDC Director Andrea Ammon stated.


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