A study has shown that the new variant of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) appears to be cause less severe illness than other variants of the virus.
“Preliminary results from the cohort study found no statistically significant difference in hospitalization and 28-day case fatality between cases with the variant and wild-type comparator cases,” a matched study by Public Health England said.
“There was no significant difference in the likelihood of reinfection with the new variant as compared with the other variants, it added.
The study compared 1,769 people infected with the new variant with those who were infected with the so-called “wild-type” virus of the same number. Results showed that of the 42 people admitted to hospital, 16 were infected with the new variant while 26 cases had wild type infection, according to the study.
When it came to fatality, there were 12 deaths under the new variant cases compared to 10 deaths in the wild-type cases.Scientists have said that the new variant is more infectious and was first discovered in the United Kingdom. It has caused numerous travel bans in many countries. SOVEREIGNPH