According to EODY, the first cases of infection with the Brazilian mutation of the coronavirus, the Mu strain, have been identified in Greece. It is considered to be more resistant to current vaccines.
First appearing in Colombia, the Mu mutation spread to South America and reached Europe. According to the World Health Organization, the new B.1.621 variant has mutations that are believed to increase the virus’s resistance to vaccines. However, experts say more research is needed.
According to the WHO, four mutations of the coronavirus had previously been alarming: the Alpha mutation, first detected in the UK and spreading to 193 countries, Beta, recorded in 141 countries, Gamma (in 91 countries) and Delta, noted in 170 countries. The Mu mutation is the fifth on which WHO is focusing its particular attention.
In the UK, as reported Gazeta.Ru, referring to the British edition of The Mirror, 48 cases of infection with the mu coronavirus strain were detected as of August 25, that is, 2 more than in the previous week. According to the WHO, the Mu, or B.1.621, variant has already been found in 39 countries.
Earlier, WHO included the “mu” strain on the monitoring list as “an option of interest”. Indicating that the mutation could cause “significant community spread”:
“Although the global prevalence of the mu variant among sequenced cases has decreased and is now less than 0.1%, the prevalence in Colombia (39%) and Ecuador (13%) is steadily increasing.”
In Greece, based on tables published by EODY, six cases of the Mu mutation have been reported. Two of them have been identified in recent weeks at Eleftherios Venizelos airport, two in Argolis, one in Attica and one in Achaea.