We are told that contagious mutations of Sars-CoV-2 have ushered in a new phase in the pandemic. How important are anti-viral therapies now that the vaccines are out? And — when is the right time to close schools during a pandemic?
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Mutated coronavirus strains could escape a weak immune response and make the pathogen more aggressive. That way, even people who have already recovered could get infected again — and the vaccines would need updating.
Early findings show that the new, faster-spreading coronavirus variant identified in the UK could also be more deadly, British leaders and experts said. They cautioned that data remained sparse and margins narrow.
Berlin's Vivantes Humboldt Hospital says it is not accepting new patients after several cases of the new, more infectious British coronavirus variant were discovered. Follow DW for the latest.
A traveler who arrived in Frankfurt from Brazil has tested positive for the new COVID variant identified there, reportedly with no symptoms. Germany's COVID-related death toll has reached 50,000. All the latest here.
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