According to a recent study conducted at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the new COVID strain can trigger more deaths and casualties in the UK. Experts also fear that the mutations can lead to more hospitalisations and deaths in the year 2021 as compared to the year 2020.
Additionally, while the original strain of virus posed little or no danger to children, the mutant virus has the potential to take a toll on children too.
Wendy Barclay, a professor at New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG) and a specialist in virology at Imperial College of London has said that the mutations have made it easier for the virus to enter the human cells more easily and therefore, children are more prone to getting infected and are equally susceptible to this virus as adults.
Another research conducted by the Centre for Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine had claimed that the new variant is 56 percent more transmissible than other strains.