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In terms of how dangerous the variant is, it’s hard to say at the moment.

PHE said it was an “variant under investigation,” a tag assigned to new strains of potential concern and poorly understood.

Scientists are now working hard to confirm whether the Indian variant is worse than other varieties currently in circulation.

The most dangerous is categorized by factors such as whether or not it spreads faster, causing more severe disease reactions in those infected or escaping immunity created by a previous disease or vaccination.

Director of the COVID-19 Genomics Initiative at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, Dr Jeffrey Barrett said the Indian strain should be ‘watched carefully’ but added that ‘it is probably not at the top level of mutations that generate the most concern ”.

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